- an apparent probability of advancement, success, profit, etc.
- the outlook for the future: good business prospects.
- an apparent indication of ore or native metal.
- a place giving such indications.
- a mine working or excavation undertaken in a search for additional ore.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of prospect
Synonyms for prospect
Related Words for prospectanticipation, probability, expectation, possibility, forecast, thought, chance, future, promise, plan, proposal, likelihood, hope, outlook, vision, aspect, view, expectancy, presumption, contemplation
Examples from the Web for prospect
Contemporary Examples of prospect
Then, German troops enlisted by the Brits (Hessians) began to attack at Battle Pass, located in Prospect Park.The British Royals Reinvade Brooklyn: William and Kate Come Watch Basketball on Historic Battle Site
December 6, 2014
He married Chirlane in a ceremony in Prospect Park in Brooklyn.The Wind Beneath de Blasio’s Wings
November 5, 2013
As a child of Tornado Alley myself, I endorse the sentiment in this American Prospect piece by Monica Potts.For Some People, Tornadoes Are a Part of Life
May 25, 2013
She thanked him now over her cellphone as she stood in the Clean and Bright Laundromat on Prospect Avenue.Alphonza Bryant, the Slain Bronx Teen Who Did Everything Right
May 2, 2013
At The American Prospect, Abby Rapoport cites a new study as evidence it won't happen.Tea Partied Out?
April 29, 2013
Historical Examples of prospect
The view from the Prospect, however, is the town's chief present glory.England, Picturesque and Descriptive
Uninterrupted, they marched to within a few hundred yards of Prospect Hill.The Long Roll
Some on 'Prospect,'—'Hermitage'—and 'Woodland' treat all right.Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2
Works Projects Administration
Prospect of war the cause of the formation of the Royal Flying Corps.The War in the Air; Vol. 1
There was a house on Prospect Street, nearly finished, and I engaged it.The Missing Link in Modern Spiritualism
A. Leah Underhill
- a known or likely deposit of ore
- the location of a deposit of ore
- a sample of ore for testing
- the yield of mineral obtained from a sample of ore
Word Origin for prospect
early 15c., "act of looking into the distance," from Latin prospectus "distant view, look out; sight, faculty of sight," noun use of past participle of prospicere "look out on, look forward," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + specere "look at" (see scope (n.1)). Meaning "extensive view of the landscape" is from 1530s; transferred sense of "mental view or survey" is from 1620s. Sense of "person or thing considered promising" is from 1922. Prospects "expectations, things looked forward to" is from 1660s.
"explore for gold, examine land with a view to a mining claim," 1841, from prospect (n.) in specialized sense of "spot giving prospects of ore" (1832). Earlier in a sense "look forth, look out over" (1550s), from Latin prospectare. Related: Prospected; prospecting.