- 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: Some people believe a gypsy can tell you your future.
- the future tense.
- another future formation or construction.
- a form in the future, as He will come.
- Usually futures. 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.
Origin of future
Examples from the Web for futures
Later, he taught her how to smoke, and still later, they whispered of politics, and fears and hopes for their futures.Drawing on the Memories of Syrian Women
November 26, 2014
Every day, their bodies, lives and futures are affected by politicians and policies they did not choose.Paying Taxes and Going to Jail Like Adults; Teens Deserve the Right to Vote, Too
October 6, 2014
The mainstream LGBT movement, meanwhile, still insists that neither of these futures will come to pass.Were Christians Right About Gay Marriage All Along?
May 27, 2014
I smuggled drugs to make money for them, to pay for their schooling, to secure their futures with good careers.How China Used Drones to Capture a Notorious Burmese Drug Lord
April 17, 2014
As the guns fade veterans are returning to the lives they once lived and the futures they are building.Divided in the Wake of Fort Hood
April 16, 2014
He might note in January, let us say, that the price of May or July futures is favorable.
So you sell the same quantity of futures on the Exchange at 8.00.
But they felt that something had better be done toward assurance of their futures.The Law-Breakers
I'm sure you appreciate, my friends, the enormous importance of your own futures?The Burning Spear
And yet trading in futures is by no means necessarily speculation.Elements of Foreign Exchange
- commodities or other financial products bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future dateSee also financial futures
- (as modifier)futures contract; futures market
- 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
- 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 becomea future president
- grammar in or denoting the future as a tense of verbs
Word Origin and History for futures
"goods sold on agreement for future delivery," 1880; see 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.
A contract to buy or sell a specified amount of a commodity or financial instrument at an agreed price at a set date in the future. If the price for the commodity or financial instrument rises between the contract date and the future date, the investor will make money; if it declines, the investor will lose money. The term also refers to the market for such contracts.
Idioms and Phrases with futures
see in the near future.