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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.
  3. a condition, especially of success or failure, to come: Some people believe a gypsy can tell you your future.
  4. Grammar.
    1. the future tense.
    2. another future formation or construction.
    3. a form in the future, as He will come.
  5. Usually futures. speculative purchases or sales of commodities for future receipt or delivery.
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  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.
  3. 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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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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Related Words for futures

prospective, eventual, subsequent, planned, imminent, forthcoming, impending, ultimate, prospect, outlook, millennium, destiny, fate, inevitable, approaching, final, coming, eternity, infinity, hereafter

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British Dictionary definitions for futures


pl n
    1. commodities or other financial products bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future dateSee also financial futures
    2. (as modifier)futures contract; futures market
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  1. the time yet to come
  2. undetermined events that will occur in that time
  3. the condition of a person or thing at a later datethe future of the school is undecided
  4. likelihood of later improvement or advancementhe has a future as a singer
  5. grammar
    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
  6. in future from now on; henceforth
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  1. that is yet to come or be
  2. of or expressing time yet to come
  3. (prenominal) destined to becomea future president
  4. grammar in or denoting the future as a tense of verbs
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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 futures


"goods sold on agreement for future delivery," 1880; see future.

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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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

futures in Culture


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.

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Idioms and Phrases with futures


see in the near future.

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