fu·​ture | \ ˈfyü-chər How to pronounce future (audio) \

Definition of future

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : that is to be specifically : existing after death doctrine of a future life — John Kenrick
2 : of, relating to, or constituting a verb tense expressive of time yet to come
3 : existing or occurring at a later time met his future wife We cannot foretell future events.



Definition of future (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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
4a : the future tense of a language
b : a verb form in the future tense

Synonyms & Antonyms for future

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As well as facing pressure to maintain high levels of EV ownership among future generations of drivers, the government must also decide what happens after a country fills its roads with electric vehicles. Morgan Meaker, Wired, 18 Nov. 2021 Beyond showcasing the wild spaces all around, the lodge is working hard to preserve the area for future generations, too. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 17 Nov. 2021 Its preservation is a wonderful legacy for many future generations. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 From my perspective, sustainable beauty could be considered a form of protest against companies that try to profit at all costs without considering future generations’ needs. Kelley Swing, Rolling Stone, 16 Nov. 2021 High gift and estate tax exemptions present a rare opportunity to transfer wealth efficiently with the potential for minimal estate tax for future generations. Michael O'brien, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 Anything short of that will consign future generations to untold suffering, the European Union's top climate official, Frans Timmermans, told delegates in the waning hours of the summit. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 14 Nov. 2021 After Yadav first raised the specter of changing the coal language, a frustrated European Union Vice President Frans Timmermans, the 27-nation EU’s climate envoy, begged negotiators to be united for future generations. Seth Borenstein, Frank Jordans, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Nov. 2021 However, low-cost energy sources can create pollution that burdens future generations. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 13 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Season 2 left fans with questions about the future of the 126. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 20 Nov. 2021 While House Democrats are optimistic about the future, there’s a general awareness that the fight to pass the Build Back Better Act is far from over. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 19 Nov. 2021 Miami fired athletic director Blake James as rumors swirl about the future of coach Manny Diaz. Keven Lerner, sun-sentinel.com, 18 Nov. 2021 But as Councilman William Carroll noted, talks about the future of the building stretch back to at least 2009. al, 18 Nov. 2021 Asked that night in Houston, Ohtani initially deflected, trying to downplay speculation about the future. Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2021 Did your time in prison affect your view about the future of the church at all? The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 Nov. 2021 San Diegans and their neighbors in Orange County are more worried about the future of the California economy and whether good-paying jobs are available than people living in other parts of the state. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2021 The ephemeral sense of not thinking much about the future. New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of future


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

History and Etymology for future

Adjective and Noun

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

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Time Traveler

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

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22 Nov 2021

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“Future.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/future. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of future

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: coming after the present time : existing in the future
used to say what someone or something will be



English Language Learners Definition of future (Entry 2 of 2)

: the period of time that will come after the present time
: the events that will happen after the present time
: the condition or situation of someone or something in the time that will come


fu·​ture | \ ˈfyü-chər How to pronounce future (audio) \

Kids Definition of future

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: coming after the present future events



Kids Definition of future (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the period of time that is to come What will happen in the future?
2 : the chance of future success You have a bright future.



Legal Definition of future

: 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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