Definition of prospect verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prospect
BrE BrE//prəˈspekt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːspekt//
he / she / it prospects
BrE BrE//prəˈspekts//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːspekts//
past simple prospected
BrE BrE//prəˈspektɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːspektɪd//
past participle prospected
BrE BrE//prəˈspektɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːspektɪd//
-ing form prospecting
BrE BrE//prəˈspektɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːspektɪŋ//
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BrE BrE//prəˈspekt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːspekt//
[intransitive] prospect (for something) to search an area for gold, minerals, oil, etc. Thousands moved to the area to prospect for gold. (figurative) to prospect for new clients
Word Originlate Middle English (as a noun denoting the action of looking towards a distant object): from Latin prospectus ‘view’, from prospicere ‘look forward’, from pro- ‘forward’ + specere ‘to look’. Early use, referring to a view of landscape, gave rise to the meaning ‘mental picture’ (mid 16th cent.), which led to the meaning ‘anticipated event’.
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