Meaning of FUTURE in English

■ noun

1》 ( the ~ ) time that is still to come.

↘events or conditions that will or are likely to occur at a later date.

2》 a prospect of success or happiness: I might have a ~ as an artist.

3》 Grammar a tense of verbs expressing events that have not yet happened.

4》 ( ~s ) contracts for assets (especially commodities or shares) bought at agreed prices but delivered and paid for later. Compare with forward (in sense 2).

■ adjective

1》 existing or occurring in the ~.

↘planned or destined to hold a specified position: his ~ wife.

2》 Grammar (of a tense) expressing an event yet to happen.


in ~ from now onwards.


~less adjective


ME: via OFr. from L. futurus , ~ participle of esse 'be' (from the stem fu- , ult. from a base meaning 'grow, become').

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