What does future mean?

Definitions for future
ˈfyu tʃərfu·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. future, hereafter, futurity, time to comenoun

    the time yet to come

  2. future, future tensenoun

    a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the future

  3. futureadjective

    bulk commodities bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future date

  4. futureadjective

    yet to be or coming

    "some future historian will evaluate him"

  5. futureadjective

    effective in or looking toward the future

    "he was preparing for future employment opportunities"

  6. future(a), next, succeeding(a)adjective

    (of elected officers) elected but not yet serving

    "our next president"

  7. futureadjective

    a verb tense or other formation referring to events or states that have not yet happened

    "future auxiliary"

Wiktionary

  1. futurenoun

    The time ahead; those moments yet to be experienced.

  2. futurenoun

    Something that will happen in moments yet to come.

  3. futurenoun

    Goodness in what is yet to come/Something to look foreward to.

    There is no future in dwelling on the past.

  4. futurenoun

    Verb tense used to talk about events that will happen in the future; future tense.

  5. futurenoun

    Commodities or stocks bought or sold with the understanding that they will be delivered at a date beyond the current one.

  6. futureadjective

    Having to do with or occurring in the future.

    Future generations will either laugh or cry at our stupidity.

  7. Etymology: From futurus, irregular future active participle of sum, from bhū-. Cognate with beo. More at be.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FUTUREadjective

    That which will be hereafter; to come: as, the future state.

    Etymology: futurus, Latin; futur, French.

    Glory they sung to the most High! good will
    To future men, and in their dwellings peace. John Milton, P. L.

    He sows the teeth at Pallas’s command,
    And flings the future people from his hand. Joseph Addison, Ovid.

  2. Futurenoun

    Time to come; somewhat to happen hereafter.

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Thy letters have transported me beyond
    This ign’rant present time; and I feel now
    The future in the instant. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    The mind, once jaded, by an attempt above its power, either is disabled for the future, or else checks at any vigorous undertaking ever after. John Locke.

Wikipedia

  1. Future

    The future is the time after the past and present. Its arrival is considered inevitable due to the existence of time and the laws of physics. Due to the apparent nature of reality and the unavoidability of the future, everything that currently exists and will exist can be categorized as either permanent, meaning that it will exist forever, or temporary, meaning that it will end. In the Occidental view, which uses a linear conception of time, the future is the portion of the projected timeline that is anticipated to occur. In special relativity, the future is considered absolute future, or the future light cone.In the philosophy of time, presentism is the belief that only the present exists and the future and the past are unreal. Religions consider the future when they address issues such as karma, life after death, and eschatologies that study what the end of time and the end of the world will be. Religious figures such as prophets and diviners have claimed to see into the future. Future studies, or futurology, is the science, art, and practice of postulating possible futures. Modern practitioners stress the importance of alternative and plural futures, rather than one monolithic future, and the limitations of prediction and probability, versus the creation of possible and preferable futures. Predeterminism is the belief that the past, present, and future have been already decided. The concept of the future has been explored extensively in cultural production, including art movements and genres devoted entirely to its elucidation, such as the 20th-century movement futurism.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Futureverb

    that is to be or come hereafter; that will exist at any time after the present; as, the next moment is future, to the present

  2. Futureadjective

    time to come; time subsequent to the present (as, the future shall be as the present); collectively, events that are to happen in time to come

  3. Futureadjective

    the possibilities of the future; -- used especially of prospective success or advancement; as, he had great future before him

  4. Futureadjective

    a future tense

  5. Etymology: [F. futur, L. futurus, used as fut. p. of esse to be, but from the same root as E. be. See Be, v. i.]

Freebase

  1. Future

    The future is the indefinite time period after the present. Its arrival is considered inevitable due to the existence of time and the laws of physics. Due to the apparent nature of reality and the unavoidability of the future, everything that currently exists and will exist can be categorized as either permanent, meaning that it will exist for the whole of the future, or temporary, meaning that it won't and thus will come to an end. The future and the concept of eternity have been major subjects of philosophy, religion, and science, and defining them non-controversially has consistently eluded the greatest of minds. It is the opposite of the past. In the Occidental view, which uses a linear conception of time, the future is the portion of the projected time line that is anticipated to occur. In special relativity, the future is considered absolute future, or the future light cone. In physics, time is the fourth dimension of the universe. In the philosophy of time, presentism is the belief that only the present exists and the future and the past are unreal. Religions consider the future when they address issues such as karma, life after death, and eschatologies that study what the end of time and the end of the world will be. Religious figures such as prophets and diviners have claimed to see into the future. Organized efforts to predict or forecast the future may have derived from observations by early man of heavenly objects.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Future

    fūt′ūr, adj. about to be: that is to come: (gram.) expressing what will be.—n. time to come.—n. Fut′ure-per′fect (gram.), a tense expressing action viewed as past in reference to an assumed future time (L. amavero=I shall have loved).—v.i. Fut′urise, to form the future tense.—ns. Fut′urist, one whose chief interests are in what is to come; Futurition (-ish′un), future existence: accomplishment; Futur′ity, time to come: an event or state of being yet to come. [Fr.,—L. futurus, fut.p. of esse, to be.]

Editors Contribution

  1. future

    A moment of known time.

    The future is easily created from the present.


    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'future' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #694

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'future' in Written Corpus Frequency: #819

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'future' in Nouns Frequency: #254

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'future' in Adjectives Frequency: #147

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of future in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of future in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of future in a Sentence

  1. Richard Glick:

    This is an important moment to make significant progress on the transition to a clean energy future.

  2. Jim Farley:

    We want to make sure we have that stable footing so we can build a viable business in the future.

  3. Chris Vetter:

    Route 2 is closed for the foreseeable future. The scene is pretty large and there's a lot of work to be done, i don't know that I have ever seen a crash with this much loss of life. It was a pretty significant accident.

  4. Danton Goei:

    The big difference in valuations obviously matters in terms of your likelihood of outperforming in the future.

  5. James Scott:

    Electronic consciousness and the transhuman revolution renders infinite possibilities for the future as man merges with machines. This is an exhilarating time to be alive!

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