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



    BrE BrE//ˈprɒspekt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːspekt//
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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 semi-finals 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 Travelling 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. 3  prospects [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
  6. 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’.Extra examples Getting the right qualifications will enhance your employment prospects. I don’t relish the prospect of having to share an office. Major developments are in prospect for the company. Their prospects of employment look better than last year. There is little prospect of any improvement in the weather. This position offers a good starting salary and excellent promotion prospects. This position offers excellent promotion prospects. a list of the hot new prospects on the literary scene A place in the semi-finals is in prospect. There’s a reasonable prospect that his debts will be paid.
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