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[fyoo-cher] /ˈfyu tʃər/
time that is to be or come hereafter.
something that will exist or happen in time to come:
The future is rooted in the past.
a condition, especially of success or failure, to come:
Some people believe a gypsy can tell you your future.
  1. the future tense.
  2. another future formation or construction.
  3. a form in the future, as He will come.
Usually, futures. speculative purchases or sales of commodities for future receipt or delivery.
that is to be or come hereafter:
future events; on some future day.
pertaining to or connected with time to come:
one's future prospects; future plans.
Grammar. noting or pertaining to a tense or other verb formation or construction that refers to events or states in time to come.
Origin of future
1325-75; Middle English futur Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fūtūrus about to be (future participle of esse to be) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for future
  • His feet stood upon the past, but his outlook was towards the future.
  • We enjoy working with you and look forward to serving your needs in the future.
  • Thanks for all your efforts and best wishes into the future.
  • If normal journalism is the first draft of history, this publication is a stab at a first draft of the future.
  • By the same token, what is now the future will sooner or later be history.
  • Interestingly, the pneumatic tube still rears its head in this vision of urban living in the future.
  • Nevertheless, the new study does point researchers in directions of future research.
  • Hopefully, a means will be found to reopen it in the near future.
  • Plus, of course, the potential for more of that creativity in the future.
  • Not that long ago biofuels were touted as the easy solution to our energy future.
British Dictionary definitions for future


the time yet to come
undetermined events that will occur in that time
the condition of a person or thing at a later date: the future of the school is undecided
likelihood of later improvement or advancement: he 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 become: a future president
(grammar) in or denoting the future as a tense of verbs
See also futures
Derived Forms
futureless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Latin fūtūrus about to be, from esse to be
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Word Origin and History for 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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