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.
the future tense.
another future formation or construction.
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.

1325–75; Middle English futur Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fūtūrus about to be (future participle of esse to be)

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future (ˈfjuːtʃə)
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
 a.  a tense of verbs used when the action or event described is to occur after the time of utterance
 b.  a verb in this tense
6.  in future from now on; henceforth
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
[C14: from Latin fūtūrus about to be, from esse to be]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. futur, from L. futurus "about to be," irregular suppletive future participle of esse "to be." The noun is modeled on L. futura, neut. plural of futurus.
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Idioms & Phrases


see in the near future.

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Example sentences
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.
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