prospect - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the possibility that something will happen, especially something good
    prospect for:

    The prospects for employment in the technology sector are especially good right now.

    prospect of:

    Doctors say there is little prospect of any improvement in his condition.

    in prospect (=expected or being considered):

    We have an exciting match in prospect.

  2. 2
    [singular] something that you expect or know is going to happen in the future, or the thought of this

    Spending a week at his cousin’s farm was an exciting prospect.

    prospect of:

    Her heart sank at the prospect of introducing him to her family.

  3. 3


    [plural] chances of success, especially in a job or career

    Your employment prospects would be much better if you finished your degree.

  4. 4
    [countable] a person who has a good chance of success

    Sean is one of our brightest young prospects.

  5. 5
    [countable] business a possible or likely customer

    She’s been on the phone all day calling various new prospects.

  6. 6
    [countable] [usually singular] formal a view of a wide area of land or water, especially from a high place

    From the hill we had an excellent prospect of the river valley below.

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