Definition of future noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfjuːtʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfjuːtʃər//
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  1. 1  the future [singular] the time that will come after the present or the events that will happen then We need to plan for the future. What will the cities of the future look like? The movie is set in the future. The exchange rate is likely to fall in the near future (= soon). What does the future hold?
  2. 2  [countable] what will happen to somebody/something at a later time Her future is uncertain. This deal could safeguard the futures of the 2 000 employees. Recent events throw doubt on the president’s political future.
  3. 3  [singular, uncountable] the possibility of being successful or surviving at a later time She has a great future ahead of her. I can't see any future in this relationship.
  4. 4futures [plural] (finance) goods or shares that are bought at agreed prices but that will be delivered and paid for at a later time oil futures the futures market See related entries: Economy
  5. 5 the future [singular] (grammar) (also the future tense) the form of a verb that expresses what will happen after the present See related entries: Grammar
  6. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin futurus, future participle of esse ‘be’ (from the stem fu-, ultimately from a base meaning ‘grow, become’).Extra examples A great future awaits you. A new branch of the shop will be opening in the near future. A question mark hangs over the future of the company after shares plunged to a record low. After being dropped from the team the young defender is considering his future. All of us need to embrace the future. Don’t think too much about past troubles—look to the future. He could see no future in his job. He felt his entire future was at risk. He forecasts a dire future for the industry. He has a great future as a designer. In future, employees will park their vehicles away from the works entrance. In future, please contact me first. In her speech, the director outlined her vision for the future. Nothing will change for the indefinite future. She decided to invest in her future by taking a course. She has a very promising future as a musician. The company faces a very uncertain future. The possibility of travel to other solar systems still lies in the distant future. The sale secured his financial future. The stars of the future are competing in the world junior athletics championships this month. The stars of the future are competing this month. Things will continue as they are for the foreseeable future. Trying to forecast the far future is a problematic exercise. We want to create a better future for everyone. What are your plans for the future? Who can tell what the future holds? You need to take time to plan your future. the right to determine their own future in a democratic fashion united by our common history and our shared future whatever the future may bring you His future is uncertain. I can’t see any future in this relationship. This deal could safeguard the futures of 2 000 employees.Idioms
    for/in the foreseeable future
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    for/in the period of time when you can predict what is going to happen, based on the present circumstances The statue will remain in the museum for the foreseeable future. It's unlikely that the hospital will be closed in the foreseeable future (= soon).
    in future (British English) (North American English in the future)
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     from now on Please be more careful in future. In future, make sure the door is never left unlocked.
    in the not too distant future
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    not a long time in the future but fairly soon I hope we’ll see each other again in the not too distant future.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: future