future

1 of 2

adjective

fu·​ture ˈfyü-chər How to pronounce future (audio)
1
: that is to be
specifically : existing after death
On religion (by which he chiefly means Christianity), [philosopher Michael] Oakeshott is subtle. … He deprecates the doctrine of a future life, not as being impossible, but because it distracts people from the unique importance of the life they have. Charles Moore
2
: of, relating to, or constituting a verb tense expressive of time yet to come
a verb in the future tense
"will" and "shall" are used as future auxiliaries
3
: existing or occurring at a later time
We cannot foretell future events.
… the chance meeting one day of your future spouse …Robert W. Lucky

future

2 of 2

noun

1
a
: time that is to come
b
: what is going to happen
2
: an expectation of advancement or progressive development
3
: something (such as a bulk commodity) bought for future acceptance or sold for future delivery
usually used in plural
grain futures
4
a
: the future tense of a language
b
: a verb form in the future tense

Examples of future in a Sentence

Adjective We cannot predict future events. Future generations will benefit from this research. Noun We're making plans for the future. They will hire more people sometime in the future. What do you think you will be doing in the future? What does the future hold for you? It's impossible to predict the future. The company faces an uncertain future. The future was already decided for her. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
The capsule will undergo ground testing over the next four to six weeks, and then will start its first test flight, simulating the same altitude and conditions as future commercial flights. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 20 Feb. 2024 The Company disclaims any intention to, and undertakes no obligation to, revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, a future event, or otherwise. Miami Herald, 20 Feb. 2024 These future generations of Indians will also have to bear the costs of the dismantling of democratic institutions overseen by Modi and his party. Ramachandra Guha, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 The clinic appeals to future parents who prefer to avoid medical intervention during birth, but appreciate the availability of emergency medical care. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 20 Feb. 2024 The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future presentations or otherwise, except as required by applicable law. Kansas City Star, 20 Feb. 2024 Millennials, for example, are most likely to feel anxious after ghosting and worried that ghosting will negatively impact future opportunities. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune Europe, 19 Feb. 2024 Candidates for future Athlete of the Week polls can be nominated at highschools@bayareanewsgroup.com. Joseph Dycus, The Mercury News, 19 Feb. 2024 The specifics of the award’s presentation will be determined by the Academy’s Board of Governors and its administrative leadership at a future date. Clayton Davis, Variety, 8 Feb. 2024
Noun
Furthermore, investing in quality resources is investing in your future, setting the stage for not just passing the exam but excelling at it. Bryce Welker, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024 And students shouldn’t have to mortgage their futures for a fair shot at middle-class security. Jamie Merisotis, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 The trailer for the upcoming three-part reunion teases that Richards will address her separation, her and Umansky’s future, and her relationship with friend and musician Morgan Wade when taking her seat on the couch with host Andy Cohen and the rest of the cast, starting on Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. Tatiana Tenreyro, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2024 For these people, now in their mid-30s or younger, Navalny’s fairly simple political program, which looked to Russia’s future rather than dwelling on its past, was a novelty. Mary Ilyushina, Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2024 Growing up in northern New Jersey, Youssef, 32, didn’t envision a future in comedy. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 21 Feb. 2024 Vote for a future dedicated to real, positive change. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2024 The BAFTAs confirmed her new status—and her future looks unquestionably bright. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 20 Feb. 2024 Your support ensures a bright future for independent journalism. Esther Zuckerman, The Atlantic, 28 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin futurus about to be — more at be

First Known Use

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of future was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Future.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/future. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

future

1 of 2 adjective
fu·​ture ˈfyü-chər How to pronounce future (audio)
1
: coming after the present
future events
2
: of, relating to, or being a verb form in the future tense

future

2 of 2 noun
1
a
: time that is to come
sometime in the future
b
: what is going to happen
predict the future
2
: expectation of future success
a promising future
3
: something (as a commodity) bought or sold for delivery at a future time
usually used in plural
grain futures
4
b
: a verb form in the future tense
Etymology

Adjective

Middle English future "future," from early French futur (same meaning) and Latin futurus "about to be," from the Latin verb esse "to be"

Legal Definition

future

noun
fu·​ture
: a contract traded on an exchange in which a party agrees to buy or sell a quantity of a bulk commodity (as soybeans) at a specified future date and at a set price
usually used in pl.

Note: If the price of the commodity has gone up when the future date arrives, the buyer in the contract profits. If the price has gone down, the seller profits.

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