prospect

[ pros-pekt ]
/ ˈprɒs pɛkt /
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noun

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.

RELATED WORDS

Idioms

    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
SYNONYMS FOR prospect
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
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British Dictionary definitions for prospector (1 of 2)

prospector

/ (prəˈspɛktə) /

noun

a person who searches for the natural occurrence of gold, petroleum, etc

British Dictionary definitions for prospector (2 of 2)

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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