Nearby words

  1. futtock band,
  2. futtock plate,
  3. futtock shroud,
  4. futuna islands,
  5. futurama,
  6. future farmer,
  7. future farmers of america,
  8. future interest,
  9. future life,
  10. future perfect

Origin of future

1325–75; Middle English futur Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fūtūrus about to be (future participle of esse to be)

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Examples from the Web for future

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 datethe future of the school is undecided
likelihood of later improvement or advancementhe has a future as a singer
  1. a tense of verbs used when the action or event described is to occur after the time of utterance
  2. 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 becomea future president
grammar in or denoting the future as a tense of verbs
See also futures

Derived Formsfutureless, adjective

Word Origin for future

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

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Word Origin and History for future



late 14c., from Old French futur, from Latin futurus "going to be, yet to be," as a noun, "the future," irregular suppletive future participle of esse "to be," from PIE *bheue- (see be). The English noun (late 14c.) is modeled on Latin futura, neuter plural of futurus.

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Idioms and Phrases with future


see in the near future.

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