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Webster 1913 Edition


Future

Fu′ture

(?; 135)
,
Adj.
[F.
futur
, L.
futurus
, used as fut. p. of
esse
to be, but from the same root as E.
be
. See
Be
,
Verb.
I.
]
That is to be or come hereafter; that will exist at any time after the present;
as, the next moment is
future
, to the present
.
Future tense
(Gram.)
,
the tense or modification of a verb which expresses a future act or event.

Fu′ture

,
Noun.
[Cf. F.
futur
. See
Future
,
Adj.
]
1.
Time to come; time subsequent to the present (as, the future shall be as the present); collectively, events that are to happen in time to come.
“Lay the future open.”
Shak.
2.
The possibilities of the future; – used especially of prospective success or advancement;
as, he had great
future
before him
.
3.
(Gram.)
A future tense.
To deal in futures
,
to speculate on the future values of merchandise or stocks.
[Brokers’ cant]

Webster 1828 Edition


Future

FU'TURE

,
Adj.
[L. futurus.] That is to be or come hereafter; that will exist at any time after the present, indefinitely. The next moment is future to the present.
1.
The future tense, in grammar, is the modification of a verb which expresses a future act or event.

FU'TURE

,
Noun.
Time to come; a time subsequent to the present; as, the future shall be as the present; in future; for the future. In such phrases, time or season is implied.

Definition 2022


future

future

English

Noun

future (countable and uncountable, plural futures)

  1. The time ahead; those moments yet to be experienced.
  2. Something that will happen in moments yet to come.
  3. Goodness in what is yet to come. Something to look forward to.
    • 2013 August 3, Revenge of the nerds”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8847:
      Think of banking today and the image is of grey-suited men in towering skyscrapers. Its future, however, is being shaped in converted warehouses and funky offices in San Francisco, New York and London, where bright young things in jeans and T-shirts huddle around laptops, sipping lattes or munching on free food.
    There is no future in dwelling on the past.
  4. (grammar) Verb tense used to talk about events that will happen in the future; future tense.
  5. (finance) A standardized, tradable agreement between two parties that one will sell and the other will buy a specific commodity at a specific later date and a specific price.
  6. (computing, programming) An object that retrieves the value of a promise.
  7. (sports) A minor-league prospect.

Usage notes

  • (finance): The one who agrees to, at a future date, sell the commodity is considered to be selling the future; the other buys it.
  • (finance): A non-standardized contract to buy and sell in future is called forward or forward contract.

Coordinate terms

Translations

Adjective

future (not comparable)

  1. Having to do with or occurring in the future.
    Future generations will either laugh or cry at our stupidity.
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 29686887 , chapter IV:
      So this was my future home, I thought! Certainly it made a brave picture. I had seen similar ones fired-in on many a Heidelberg stein. Backed by towering hills, [] a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.

Translations

Derived terms


French

Pronunciation

Adjective

future

  1. feminine singular of futur

Italian

Adjective

future f pl

  1. feminine plural of futuro

Latin

Participle

futūre

  1. vocative masculine singular of futūrus

Norman

Adjective

future

  1. feminine singular of futur

Old French

Noun

future m (oblique plural futures, nominative singular futures, nominative plural future)

  1. (grammar) future (tense)