What does future mean?

Definitions for future
ˈfyu tʃərfu·ture

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

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"


  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.

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.]


  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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  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. H.W. Mann:

    There are those who believe our fate is set in stone. They believe our personalities, our future, our entire life experience is something beyond our control. Basically, they believe we are helpless victims and that life happens to us. True understanding is understanding the illusion. We are not victims. No matter the date and time of our birth, no matter anything, no matter anyone, we live our own life. Whether we realize it or not, we create our own experience. We are much more than our circumstances. We are much more than our thoughts and emotions. Life does not happen to us. Life flows through us.

  2. Jim Mangione:

    We believe immersive technologies can in the future provide cognitive behavioral assistance and even telehealth.

  3. Bernhard Mattes:

    We wish to provide intelligent answers to the most urgent questions about the future of mobility, we are experiencing a transformation from the world's largest car showroom to the most relevant platform. A trend can be seen among all the major exhibitions: the relevant point is no longer the size of the area, but the extent of the media reach.

  4. John Steinbeck, The Winter of our Discontent:

    Most people live ninety percent in the past, seven percent in the present, and that only leaves three percent for the future.

  5. Michael Weinstein:

    The department likely held its nose and winced in making the argument, but they're playing the long game, they don't want to be seen as pro-Trump, but they are looking at protection of federal officials and the President in the future.

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