wave of the future

noun phrase

: an idea, product, or movement that is viewed as representing forces or a trend that will inevitably prevail

Examples of wave of the future in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Further, despite giving credit for interdisciplinary faculty, the NRC’s ranking of disciplinary departments ignores interdisciplinary programs, supposedly the academic wave of the future. Peter Campbell, Foreign Affairs, 15 Sep. 2013

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Word History

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wave of the future was in 1940

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“Wave of the future.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wave%20of%20the%20future. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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