future - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1

    the future

    the time that follows the present time

    It’s important to plan for the future.

    These young people are the leaders of the future.

    in the future:

    Check if the computer can be upgraded in the future.

    in the near/not-too-distant/immediate future (=soon):

    I have no plans to go abroad in the near future.

    what the future holds/will bring (=what will happen):

    She has no idea what the future might hold for her.

    look to the future (=plan what you will do in the future):

    He can now look to the future with confidence again.

    1. a.

      the future

      events that have not yet taken place

      The future will depend on our willingness to conserve energy now.

    2. b.
      [countable] [usually singular] the opportunity for someone to develop or succeed

      Jack went on holiday to think about his future.

      uncertain/painful/bleak etc future:

      The people of Grozny face an uncertain future.

      a bright future:

      Joe has a bright future in athletics.

      have a future (=be successful):

      You won’t have much of a future unless you start working harder.

    3. c.
      [countable] [usually singular] the chance that something will continue to exist or be successful

      We need to safeguard our planet’s future.

      We see no future in continuing the negotiations.

      future of:

      The future of the business is in doubt.

    4. d.
      [countable] [usually singular] someone or something that will make something continue or succeed

      Children are this country’s future.

  2. 2

    the future

    linguistics the forms of a verb group used to talk about time after the present. In English future time is usually indicated using ‘will’ or a form of ‘be’ followed by ‘going to’, and the infinitive of a verb. For example in the sentences ‘Full details of all courses will be available shortly’ and ‘We are going to play brilliantly’, the verb groups ‘will be’ and ‘going to playindicate future time.
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    [plural] business contracts to buy or sell shares, goods, or currency at an agreed price to be delivered at a time in the future
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