[ pros-pekt ]
/ ˈprɒs pɛkt /


verb (used with object)

to search or explore (a region), as for gold.
to work (a mine or claim) experimentally in order to test its value.

verb (used without object)

to search or explore a region for gold or the like.

Nearby words

  1. prosopoplegia,
  2. prosopopoeia,
  3. prosoposchisis,
  4. prosopospasm,
  5. prosopyle,
  6. prospect heights,
  7. prospecting,
  8. prospective,
  9. prospectively,
  10. prospector


    in prospect, under consideration; expected; in view: He had no other alternative in prospect.

Origin of prospect

1400–50; late Middle English prospecte < Latin prōspectus outlook, view. See prospectus

6, 7. See view. 7, 8. perspective.

Related formspros·pect·less, adjectivepros·pec·tor [pros-pek-ter, pruh-spek-ter] /ˈprɒs pɛk tər, prəˈspɛk tər/, nounnon·pros·pect, nounun·der·pros·pect, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prospect


noun (ˈprɒspɛkt)

verb (prəˈspɛkt)

Derived Formsprospectless, adjective

Word Origin for prospect

C15: from Latin prōspectus distant view, from prōspicere to look into the distance, from prō- forward + specere to look

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