time that is to be or come hereafter.
something that will exist or happen in time to come: The future is rooted in the past.
a condition, especially of success or failure, to come: An oracle had predicted the mighty hero's tragic future.
the future tense.
another future formation or construction.
a form in the future, as He will come.
Usually fu·tures. speculative purchases or sales of commodities for future receipt or delivery.
that is to be or come hereafter: future events; on some future day.
pertaining to or connected with time to come: one's future prospects; future plans.
Grammar. noting or pertaining to a tense or other verb formation or construction that refers to events or states in time to come.
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How to use future in a sentence
The destruction caused by a pandemic helps to clear the way for a future resurgence.
It seems counterintuitive because education is the best way to protect ourselves from future crises.Malala Yousafzai tells the business community: Education is the best way to guard against future crises | Michal Lev-Ram, writer | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
The competition is expected to remain neck-and-neck for the foreseeable future.IBM plans a huge leap in superfast quantum computing by 2023 | rhhackettfortune | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
Last fall, though, as the previous round of fires ravaged California, his phone began to ring, with private-equity investors and bankers all looking for his read on the state’s future.Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration | by Abrahm Lustgarten, photography by Meridith Kohut | September 15, 2020 | ProPublica
Espina said Moreno would face future persecution if she were to return to her country.
The program has not made a final selection on which upgrades will actually be included in future versions of the F-35.
Disordered eating is also linked to higher rates of depression and anxiety, both in the present and in the future.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models | Carrie Arnold | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ass-kicking, bad guy-killing Carter is just a future spinster.
Buzzfeed shows us a potentially terrifying glimpse of the future.
There is, fortunately, not too much telling of the future in Harry Potter.
And as she hesitated between obedience to one and duty toward the other, her life, her love and future was in the balance.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
The poor must look to the brightness of a future world for the consolation that they were denied in this.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
In future years the poor-rate (so-called) will include, in addition to these, all other rates levyable by the Corporation.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham | Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
She embraced Otteline; and gave him her hand to kiss, with repeated expressions of future confidence in the husband of her friend.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
In his childlike, impulsive fashion he had not thought of the future when he adopted Jean.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for future
the time yet to come
undetermined events that will occur in that time
the condition of a person or thing at a later date: the future of the school is undecided
likelihood of later improvement or advancement: he has a future as a singer
a tense of verbs used when the action or event described is to occur after the time of utterance
a verb in this tense
in future from now on; henceforth
that is yet to come or be
of or expressing time yet to come
(prenominal) destined to become: a future president
grammar in or denoting the future as a tense of verbs
- See also futures
- futureless, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with future
see in the near future.
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