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Definition of prospect noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] the possibility that something will happen prospect (of something/of doing something) There is no immediate prospect of peace. A place in the semifinals is in prospect (= likely to happen). prospect (that…) There's a reasonable prospect that his debts will be paid.
  2. 2[singular] an idea of what might or will happen in the future an exciting prospect Traveling alone around the world is a daunting prospect. prospect (of something/of doing something) The prospect of becoming a father filled him with alarm.
  3. 3prospects [plural] the chances of being successful good job/employment/career prospects At 25 he was an unemployed musician with no prospects. prospect for something Long-term prospects for the economy have improved. prospect of something What are the prospects of promotion in this job?
  4. 4[countable] prospect (for something) a person who is likely to be successful in a competition She is one of Canada's best prospects for a gold medal.
  5. 5[countable] (formal) a wide view of an area of land, etc. a delightful prospect of the lake
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