- Usually prospects.
- an apparent probability of advancement, success, profit, etc.
- the outlook for the future: good business prospects.
- anticipation; expectation; a looking forward.
- something in view as a source of profit.
- a potential or likely customer, client, etc.
- a potential or likely candidate.
- a view, especially of scenery; scene.
- outlook or view over a region or in a particular direction.
- a mental view or survey, as of a subject or situation.
- an apparent indication of ore or native metal.
- a place giving such indications.
- a mine working or excavation undertaken in a search for additional ore.
- Archaic. sight; range of vision.
- to search or explore (a region), as for gold.
- to work (a mine or claim) experimentally in order to test its value.
- to search or explore a region for gold or the like.
- in prospect, under consideration; expected; in view: He had no other alternative in prospect.
Origin of prospect
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Examples from the Web for prospect
Then, German troops enlisted by the Brits (Hessians) began to attack at Battle Pass, located in Prospect Park.The British Royals Reinvade Brooklyn: William and Kate Come Watch Basketball on Historic Battle Site
December 6, 2014
He married Chirlane in a ceremony in Prospect Park in Brooklyn.The Wind Beneath de Blasio’s Wings
November 5, 2013
As a child of Tornado Alley myself, I endorse the sentiment in this American Prospect piece by Monica Potts.For Some People, Tornadoes Are a Part of Life
May 25, 2013
She thanked him now over her cellphone as she stood in the Clean and Bright Laundromat on Prospect Avenue.Alphonza Bryant, the Slain Bronx Teen Who Did Everything Right
May 2, 2013
At The American Prospect, Abby Rapoport cites a new study as evidence it won't happen.Tea Partied Out?
April 29, 2013
The view from the Prospect, however, is the town's chief present glory.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
Uninterrupted, they marched to within a few hundred yards of Prospect Hill.The Long Roll
Some on 'Prospect,'—'Hermitage'—and 'Woodland' treat all right.Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2
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Prospect of war the cause of the formation of the Royal Flying Corps.The War in the Air; Vol. 1
There was a house on Prospect Street, nearly finished, and I engaged it.The Missing Link in Modern Spiritualism
A. Leah Underhill
- (sometimes plural) a probability or chance for future success, esp as based on present work or aptitudea good job with prospects
- a vision of the future; what is foreseen; expectationshe was excited at the prospect of living in London; unemployment presents a grim prospect
- a view or scene, esp one offering an extended outlook
- a prospective buyer, project, etc
- a survey or observation
- a known or likely deposit of ore
- the location of a deposit of ore
- a sample of ore for testing
- the yield of mineral obtained from a sample of ore
- (when intr, often foll by for) to explore (a region) for gold or other valuable minerals
- (tr) to work (a mine) to discover its profitability
- (intr often foll by for) to search (for)
Word Origin and History for prospect
early 15c., "act of looking into the distance," from Latin prospectus "distant view, look out; sight, faculty of sight," noun use of past participle of prospicere "look out on, look forward," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + specere "look at" (see scope (n.1)). Meaning "extensive view of the landscape" is from 1530s; transferred sense of "mental view or survey" is from 1620s. Sense of "person or thing considered promising" is from 1922. Prospects "expectations, things looked forward to" is from 1660s.
"explore for gold, examine land with a view to a mining claim," 1841, from prospect (n.) in specialized sense of "spot giving prospects of ore" (1832). Earlier in a sense "look forth, look out over" (1550s), from Latin prospectare. Related: Prospected; prospecting.