What does prospect mean?

Definitions for prospectˈprɒs pɛkt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word prospect.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prospect, chance(noun)

    the possibility of future success

    "his prospects as a writer are excellent"

  2. expectation, outlook, prospect(noun)

    belief about (or mental picture of) the future

  3. candidate, prospect(noun)

    someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.)

  4. view, aspect, prospect, scene, vista, panorama(noun)

    the visual percept of a region

    "the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views"

  5. prognosis, prospect, medical prognosis(verb)

    a prediction of the course of a disease

  6. prospect(verb)

    search for something desirable

    "prospect a job"

  7. prospect(verb)

    explore for useful or valuable things or substances, such as minerals


  1. prospect(Noun)

    The potential things that may come to pass, often favorable.

  2. prospect(Noun)

    A hope; a hopeful.

  3. prospect(Noun)

    Any player whose rights are owned by a top-level professional team, but who has yet to play a game for said team.

  4. prospect(Noun)

    The facade of an organ.

  5. prospect(Verb)

    To search, as for gold.

  6. Origin: prospectus, past participle of prospicere, to look forward, from pro, before, forward + specere, spicere, to look, to see

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prospect

    that which is embraced by eye in vision; the region which the eye overlooks at one time; view; scene; outlook

  2. Prospect

    especially, a picturesque or widely extended view; a landscape; hence, a sketch of a landscape

  3. Prospect

    a position affording a fine view; a lookout

  4. Prospect

    relative position of the front of a building or other structure; face; relative aspect

  5. Prospect

    the act of looking forward; foresight; anticipation; as, a prospect of the future state

  6. Prospect

    that which is hoped for; ground for hope or expectation; expectation; probable result; as, the prospect of success

  7. Prospect(verb)

    to look over; to explore or examine for something; as, to prospect a district for gold

  8. Prospect(verb)

    to make a search; to seek; to explore, as for mines or the like; as, to prospect for gold

  9. Origin: [L. prospectus, fr. prospicere, prospectum, to look forward; pro before, forward + specere, spicere, look, to see: cf. OF. prospect. See Spy, v., and cf. Prospectus.]


  1. Prospect

    Prospect is a monthly British general interest magazine, specialising in politics, economics and current affairs. Frequent topics include British, European, and US politics, social issues, art, literature, cinema, science, the media, history, philosophy, and psychology. It features a mixture of lengthy analytic articles, first-person reportage, one-page columns, and shorter, quirkier items. Notable features of the magazine include head-to-head debates between two writers with opposing views on a subject; roundtable discussions, in which a series of experts with varying views on a given topic meet for a discussion, an edited transcript of which is published in the magazine; and interviews with major political and cultural figures. Prospect has also attempted to revitalise the art of the short story in Britain, by publishing new fiction in every issue, and by organising and sponsoring the National Short Story prize, the biggest award in the world for a single story, which launched in 2004. The first award, of £15,000, went to James Lasdun in May 2005. The magazine prizes independence over ideology and its articles and authors span the political spectrum. In recent years the magazine's founding editor, David Goodhart, has stirred controversy with a series of articles arguing that the increasing diversity of the United Kingdom may weaken the bonds of solidarity on which the welfare state depends. The debate fed into the broader discussions of "Britishness" that have become increasingly common in the public sphere.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prospect

    pros′pekt, n. a looking forward: that which the eye takes in at once: a view: object of view: a scene: expectation: a long, straight, wide street: outlook, exposure.—v.i. Prospect′, to make a search, esp. for chances of mining for precious metals.—ns. Prospec′ter, -or, one who explores for valuable minerals; Prospec′ting, searching a district for gold or silver mines with a view to further operations; Prospec′tion, the act of looking forward or of providing for future wants.—adj. Prospec′tive, looking forward: expected: acting with foresight: relating to the future: distant.—n. outlook: prospect.—adv. Prospec′tively.—ns. Prospec′tiveness; Prospec′tus, the outline of any plan submitted for public approval, particularly of a literary work or of a joint-stock concern. [L. prospectusprospicĕre, prospectumpro, forward, specĕre, to look.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prospect' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3115

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prospect' in Nouns Frequency: #864


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prospect in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prospect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. The Quarterly Review (England), March 1825:

    What can be more palpably absurd than the prospect held out of locomotives travelling twice as fast as stagecoaches?

  2. Brendan Francis:

    The prospect of success in achieving our most cherished dream is not without its terrors. Who is more deprived and alone than the man who has achieved his dream

  3. The High:

    While the unborn child is not yet in distress, it is facing into a 'perfect storm' from which it has no realistic prospect of emerging alive. It has nothing but distress and death in prospect.

  4. Phillip Lopate:

    The prospect of a long day at the beach makes me panic. There is no harder work I can think of than taking myself off to somewhere pleasant, where I am forced to stay for hours and 'have fun'.

  5. David Makovsky:

    I think the most likely prospect you'll get with the Donald Trumps visit is the prospect of possibly renewing talks between Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas which would be significant after seven years.

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