[ fyoo-cher ]
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  1. time that is to be or come hereafter.

  2. something that will exist or happen in time to come: The future is rooted in the past.

  1. a condition, especially of success or failure, to come: An oracle had predicted the mighty hero's tragic future.

  2. Grammar.

    • the future tense.

    • another future formation or construction.

    • a form in the future, as He will come.

  3. Usually fu·tures. speculative purchases or sales of commodities for future receipt or delivery.

  1. that is to be or come hereafter: future events; on some future day.

  2. pertaining to or connected with time to come: one's future prospects; future plans.

  1. Grammar. noting or pertaining to a tense or other verb formation or construction that refers to events or states in time to come.

Origin of future

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English futur Anglo-French, Old French, from Latin fūtūrus “about to be, going to be” (future participle ofesse “to be”)

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British Dictionary definitions for future


/ (ˈfjuːtʃə) /

  1. the time yet to come

  2. undetermined events that will occur in that time

  1. the condition of a person or thing at a later date: the future of the school is undecided

  2. likelihood of later improvement or advancement: he has a future as a singer

  3. grammar

    • a tense of verbs used when the action or event described is to occur after the time of utterance

    • a verb in this tense

  4. in future from now on; henceforth

  1. that is yet to come or be

  2. of or expressing time yet to come

  1. (prenominal) destined to become: a future president

  2. grammar in or denoting the future as a tense of verbs

Origin of future

C14: from Latin fūtūrus about to be, from esse to be

Derived forms of future

  • futureless, adjective

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Other Idioms and Phrases with future


see in the near future.

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