future perfect

Grammar

adjective

perfect with respect to a temporal point of reference in time to come; completed with respect to a time in the future, especially when incomplete with respect to the present.
noting or pertaining to a tense or other verb formation or construction with such reference.

noun

the future perfect tense.
another verb formation or construction with future perfect meaning.
a form in the future perfect, as He will have come.

Nearby words

  1. future,
  2. future farmer,
  3. future farmers of america,
  4. future interest,
  5. future life,
  6. future shock,
  7. future value,
  8. future-proof,
  9. futureless,
  10. futures

Origin of future perfect

First recorded in 1895–1900

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British Dictionary definitions for future perfect

future perfect

/ grammar /

adjective

denoting a tense of verbs describing an action that will have been performed by a certain time. In English this is formed with will have or shall have plus the past participle

noun

  1. the future perfect tense
  2. a verb in this tense
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