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future

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French futur, from Latin futūrus, irregular future active participle of sum (I am), from Proto-Indo-European *bhū-, *bʰew- (to become, be). Cognate with Old English bēo (I become, I will be, I am). More at be.

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NounEdit

future (countable and uncountable, plural futures)

  1. The time ahead; those moments yet to be experienced.
  2. Something that will happen in moments yet to come.
  3. Goodness in what is yet to come/Something to look forward to.
    • 2013 August 3, “Revenge of the nerds”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8847: 
      Think of banking today and the image is of grey-suited men in towering skyscrapers. Its future, however, is being shaped in converted warehouses and funky offices in San Francisco, New York and London, where bright young things in jeans and T-shirts huddle around laptops, sipping lattes or munching on free food.
    There is no future in dwelling on the past.
  4. (grammar) Verb tense used to talk about events that will happen in the future; future tense.
  5. (finance) An agreement between two parties that one will sell the other a specific commodity at a specific later date and a specific price.

Usage notesEdit

  • (finance): The one who agrees to, at a future date, sell the commodity is considered to be selling the future; the other buys it.

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AdjectiveEdit

future (comparative more future, superlative most future)

  1. Having to do with or occurring in the future.
    Future generations will either laugh or cry at our stupidity.
    • 1908, W. B. M. Ferguson, Zollenstein, ch.4:
      So this was my future home, I thought! Certainly it made a brave picture. I had seen similar ones fired-in on many a Heidelberg stein. Backed by towering hills, [] a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.

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FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

future

  1. feminine form of futur

ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

future f pl

  1. feminine plural of futuro

JèrriaisEdit

AdjectiveEdit

future f

  1. feminine form of futur

LatinEdit

ParticipleEdit

futūre

  1. vocative masculine singular of futūrus

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NounEdit

future m (oblique plural futures, nominative singular futures, nominative plural future)

  1. (grammar) future (tense)