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1 all that can be seen from a certain point
  • gazing at the wide prospect spread out before me

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2 one who seeks an office, honor, position, or award
  • a good prospect for the position of auditor

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3 something that can develop or become actual
  • one highly desirable prospect for the city is a major-league franchise

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4 the act or state of looking forward to some occurrence
  • the prospect of a quiet, restful Sunday ended when our basement flooded

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Synonyms of prospect (Entry 2 of 2)

to go into or range over for purposes of discovery
  • soon all manner of people had arrived in the valley to prospect it for gold

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How does the noun prospect differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of prospect are anticipation, foretaste, and outlook. While all these words 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

When might anticipation be a better fit than prospect?

The words anticipation and prospect are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, anticipation implies a prospect or outlook that involves advance suffering or enjoyment of what is foreseen.

the anticipation of her arrival

Where would foretaste be a reasonable alternative to prospect?

The synonyms foretaste and prospect are sometimes interchangeable, but foretaste implies an actual though brief or partial experience of something forthcoming.

the frost was a foretaste of winter

When could outlook be used to replace prospect?

Although the words outlook and prospect have much in common, outlook suggests a forecasting of the future.

a favorable outlook for the economy

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The first known use of prospect was in the 15th century

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“Prospect.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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