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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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  • "I thought you knew it wouldn't alter our futures," he said.

    Claire Leslie Burton Blades
  • That was worth considering, but Ida Mary and I were not dealing in futures just then.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh Edith Eudora Kohl
  • This may be looked upon as a sort of intermediary step 226 between storing wheat in ones own granary and dealing in futures.

  • This is a forward-looking establishment where futures are made to order.

  • We liked to be alone together that last month, to think the long, long thoughts of youth and talk about our futures.

    The Golden Road Lucy Maud Montgomery
British Dictionary definitions for futures


plural noun
  1. commodities or other financial products bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future date See also financial futures
  2. (as modifier): futures contract, futures market


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 futures

"goods sold on agreement for future delivery," 1880; see 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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futures in Culture

futures definition

A contract to buy or sell a specified amount of a commodity or financial instrument at an agreed price at a set date in the future. If the price for the commodity or financial instrument rises between the contract date and the future date, the investor will make money; if it declines, the investor will lose money. The term also refers to the market for such contracts.

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Idioms and Phrases with futures


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