Meaning of FUTURE in English

I. ˈfyüchə(r) adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French & Latin; Old French futur, from Latin futurus about to be (suppletive future participle of esse to be) — more at be

1. : that is to be : still to come

some future day

specifically : existing after death

doctrine of a future life — John Kenrick

2. : of, relating to, or constituting the future tense

a future auxiliary

3. : existing or occurring at a later time : subsequent

at 18 the future chairman of the board joined the company as a shipping clerk

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from future, adjective


a. : time that is to come

car of the future

do better in future

be more tidy in future — Blackwood's

b. : what is going to happen

the past determines the future

never tell the future — Graham Greene


a. : a prospective usually improved condition

expectation of a future worthy of the past

specifically : one held to follow mortal life

b. : an expectation of advancement : prospect for progressive development

man with a future

discussed the future of electronics


a. : a stock or commodity bought and sold for delivery at a future time — usually used in plural

speculated heavily in soybean futures — Douglass Cater

b. : a contract for the purchase or sale of something to be delivered at a definite future time and at a specified price


[Medieval Latin futurum, from neuter of Latin futurus ]

: the future tense of a language : a verb form in the future tense

III. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

obsolete : postpone , delay

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