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prospect

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noun pros·pect \ ˈprä-ˌspekt \

Definition of prospect

1 :exposure 3b
2 a (1) :an extensive view
(2) :a mental consideration :survey
b :a place that commands an extensive view :lookout
c :something extended to the view :scene
d archaic :a sketch or picture of a scene
3 obsolete :aspect
4 a :the act of looking forward :anticipation
b :a mental picture of something to come :vision
c :something that is awaited or expected :possibility
d prospects plural
(1) :financial expectations
(2) :chances
5 :a place showing signs of containing a mineral deposit
6 a :a potential buyer or customer
b :a likely candidate for a job or position
in prospect
:possible or likely for the future

Examples of prospect in a Sentence

  1. the frightening prospect of going to war

  2. She is excited by the prospect of returning to school.

  3. Bankruptcy is an unlikely prospect for the company.

  4. There was no prospect that the two parties would reach an agreement anytime soon.

  5. a young baseball player who's considered a top prospect

  6. We haven't decided which car to buy yet. We're still looking at a few prospects.

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Did You Know?

Since the Latin prefix pro- often means "forward", prospect refers to looking forward. The prospect of a recession may lead investors to pull their money out of the stock market. Graduates of a good law school usually have excellent prospects for finding employment. Prospective students roam campuses with their parents in the year before they plan to enter college.

Origin and Etymology of prospect

Middle English, from Latin prospectus view, prospect, from prospicere to look forward, exercise foresight, from pro- forward + specere to look — more at pro-, spy

Synonym Discussion of prospect

prospect, outlook, anticipation, foretaste mean an advance realization of something to come. prospect implies expectation of a particular event, condition, or development of definite interest or concern.
    • the prospect of a quiet weekend
outlook suggests a forecasting of the future.
    • a favorable outlook for the economy
anticipation implies a prospect or outlook that involves advance suffering or enjoyment of what is foreseen.
    • the anticipation of her arrival
foretaste implies an actual though brief or partial experience of something forthcoming.
    • the frost was a foretaste of winter

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prospect

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verb pros·pect \ ˈprä-ˌspekt , chiefly British prə-ˈ \

Definition of prospect

intransitive verb
:to explore an area especially for mineral deposits
transitive verb
:to inspect (a region) for mineral deposits; broadly :explore

prospector

play \-ˌspek-tər, -ˈspek-\ noun

Examples of prospect in a Sentence

  1. soon all manner of people had arrived in the valley to prospect it for gold

Recent Examples of prospect from the Web

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First Known Use of prospect

1834

prospect Synonyms


PROSPECT Defined for English Language Learners

prospect

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noun

Definition of prospect for English Language Learners

  • : the possibility that something will happen in the future

  • : an opportunity for something to happen

  • : someone or something that is likely to succeed or to be chosen


prospect

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verb

Definition of prospect for English Language Learners

  • : to search an area for gold, minerals, oil, etc.


PROSPECT Defined for Kids

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prospect

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noun pros·pect \ ˈprä-ˌspekt \

Definition of prospect for Students

1 :something that is waited for or expected :possibility
  • … he was quite pleased at the prospect of a whole winter of reading travel books …
  • —Richard and Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper's Penguins
2 :someone or something that is likely to be successful :a likely candidate
  • a presidential prospect
3 :a wide view
  • The room provides a prospect of sea and land.

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prospect

verb

Definition of prospect for Students

prospected; prospecting
:to explore especially for mineral deposits


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