- 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)
- prospect heights,
Origin of prospect
Examples from the Web for prospects
Prospects for the president to confront Riyadh on human rights are low.Congress: Obama Must Press Saudi Arabia on Human Rights|Josh Rogin|March 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Prospects for the presidency are tied to economic performance.Monica Who-insky? Why Clinton Attacks Won't Work this Time|Jamelle Bouie|February 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Prospects for extending emergency unemployment insurance are better than they looked a few weeks ago.Obama to Congress: Do Your Job and Extend Unemployment Benefits|Jamelle Bouie|January 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Prospects are quite a bit better for the selection of good leaders in organizations.
Prospects are improved, of course, by the fact that about 20 percent of BYU students get married before they graduate.
"Prospects are very different from actual money, and compared to her I'm a pauper," Derby answered.The Title Market|Emily Post
"Your Prospects," as the subject of this chapter, does not mean your fondest hopes, or confident expectations.Certain Success|Norval A. Hawkins
Prospects were bright, and hearts were light, just to drop into poetry.
Prospects that appear to have no gold at all in them sometimes turn out very brightly, sir.Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles|Mrs. Henry Wood
“California: its Characteristics and Prospects,” cited, 200.The Life of Bret Harte|Henry Childs Merwin
- 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.