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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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



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 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.

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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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