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future

[fyoo-cher] /ˈfyu tʃər/
noun
1.
time that is to be or come hereafter.
2.
something that will exist or happen in time to come:
The future is rooted in the past.
3.
a condition, especially of success or failure, to come:
Some people believe a gypsy can tell you your future.
4.
Grammar.
  1. the future tense.
  2. another future formation or construction.
  3. a form in the future, as He will come.
5.
Usually, futures. speculative purchases or sales of commodities for future receipt or delivery.
adjective
6.
that is to be or come hereafter:
future events; on some future day.
7.
pertaining to or connected with time to come:
one's future prospects; future plans.
8.
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
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English futur Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fūtūrus about to be (future participle of esse to be)
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  • This was, in fact, to be Cicero's political position in the future.

    The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1 Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • She was distrustful of the future, and apt to anticipate bad fortune.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • Because you and I will have plenty of money for our future, and we must dress up to our station.

    Polly and Eleanor Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • There was much gladness between them, but the future had to be considered.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Is that the force that is to build the future and fashion the city of our dreams?

British Dictionary definitions for future

future

/ˈfjuːtʃə/
noun
1.
the time yet to come
2.
undetermined events that will occur in that time
3.
the condition of a person or thing at a later date: the future of the school is undecided
4.
likelihood of later improvement or advancement: he has a future as a singer
5.
(grammar)
  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
6.
in future, from now on; henceforth
adjective
7.
that is yet to come or be
8.
of or expressing time yet to come
9.
(prenominal) destined to become: a future president
10.
(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
adj.

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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Idioms and Phrases with future

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