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

Other Words from futurist

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
Recent Examples on the Web Blake Morgan is a bestselling author and customer experience futurist, in addition to being the founder of CustomerExperienceCommunity.com. Blake Morgan, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Deloitte’s chief futurist Eamonn Kelly—his real title—has taken a stab at it in a new paper out this morning, co-authored with Jason Girzadas. Alan Murray, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2022 Fashion leaders in his own era praised him as a futurist. Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2022 In 2008, game designer and futurist Jane McGonigal led Superstruct, an immersive online game simulating a pandemic. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, 18 Mar. 2022 Keating drew the name of his podcast from the Clarke Laws, a list of three rules posed by the late futurist. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Mar. 2022 The previous inspirations for their visually stimulating aesthetic have been as diverse as Peter Tchaikovsky, Dadaism and Italian futurist Fortunato Depero. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 Anatola Araba Pabst Anatola is a writer, filmmaker, and futurist from New York City. Anatola Araba Pabst, ELLE, 14 Feb. 2022 With a personalized work-location strategy, businesses can build in the autonomy and flexibility that’s currently missing from their remote-work policies, notes Keahn Gary, a futurist in Cognizant’s Center for the Future of Work. Keahn Gary, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of futurist

circa 1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Futurist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/futurist. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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