futurist

noun
fu·​tur·​ist | \ ˈfyü-chə-rist How to pronounce futurist (audio) \

Definition of futurist

1 : one who studies and predicts the future especially on the basis of current trends
2 : one who advocates or practices futurism

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futurist adjective

Examples of futurist in a Sentence

economic futurists predict a new world order in which information is the resource that drives a nation's economy

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With a style that connected the past to present, where the beauty, history, and versatility of braids is being celebrated like never before, Stenberg’s retro-futurist coif sets a new Oscars beauty standard. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Amandla Stenberg Steps Out With Next-Level Braids at the Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 And yet — just like the makeup — the result is futurist, imaginative, and 100-percent trend-setting. Marci Robin, Allure, "Lupita Nyong’o Wore the Most Futuristic Hair and Makeup to the Us Premiere at SXSW," 9 Mar. 2019 Robyn Metcalfe is a food historian, food futurist, lecturer and research scholar at the University of Texas at Austin. Robyn Metcalfe, WSJ, "The Life Story of Your Supermarket Chicken: Food Tracking Goes High-Tech," 21 Feb. 2019 Dior also had a distinct retro-futurist vibe above the neck, presenting a throw-it-on-and-go solution for a bad hair day with ultra-sleek glitter caps affixed with fishnet veils. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Couture Beauty Looks That Defined the Paris Runways," 24 Jan. 2019 Military futurists say 5G may alter battlefields, connecting tanks and drones with artificial intelligence. Josh Chin, WSJ, "The Internet, Divided Between the U.S. and China, Has Become a Battleground," 9 Feb. 2019 Our guest is pediatric oncologist and medical futurist Daniel Kraft. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Ars on your lunch break: Teaching AI to diagnose patient health risks," 24 July 2018 But to technologists and futurists and car developers, 12 years is nothing. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "What the Road Trip Looks Like in 2030," 20 July 2018 Transhumanism can be traced back to futurists in the ’60s, most notably FM-2030. Joi Ito, WIRED, "The Responsibility of Immortality: Welcome to the New Transhumanism," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of futurist

circa 1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of futurist was circa 1846

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futurist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of futurist

: a person who tries to tell what the future will be like

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