Definitions for prospectˈprɒs pɛkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pros•pect*ˈprɒs pɛkt(n.)

  1. Usu., prospects. an apparent probability of advancement, success, profit, etc. the outlook for the future:

    good business prospects.

  2. anticipation; expectation; a looking forward.

  3. something in view as a source of profit.

  4. a potential or likely customer, client, candidate, etc.

  5. a view, esp. of scenery; scene.

  6. outlook or view over a region or in a particular direction.

  7. a mental view or survey, as of a subject.

  8. Mining. a place giving indication of a mineral deposit. a sample of earth, gravel, etc., to be tested for the presence of such deposit. the mineral yielded by such a test. a mine working or excavation undertaken in a search for ore.

    Category: Mining

  9. (v.t.)to search or explore (a region), as for gold.

    Category: Mining

  10. to work (a mine or claim) experimentally in order to test its value.

    Category: Mining

  11. (v.i.)to search or explore a region for gold or the like.

    Category: Mining

Idioms for prospect:

  1. in prospect,expected; in view:

    no other alternative in prospect.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: See view.

Origin of prospect:

1400–50; late ME prospecte < L prōspectus outlook, view. See prospectus

pros•pec•torˈprɒs pɛk tər, prəˈspɛk-(n.)

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. prospectˈprɒs pɛkt

    the chances of success

    The company's prospects are good.; sb's employment/job prospects

  2. prospectˈprɒs pɛkt

    a new and talented player in a sport

    excitement over the team's newest prospects


  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


  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.

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  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

Translations for prospect

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an outlook for the future; a view of what one may expect to happen

He didn't like the prospect of going abroad; a job with good prospects.

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