What does prospect mean?

Definitions for prospect
ˈprɒs pɛktprospect

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prospect, chancenoun

    the possibility of future success

    "his prospects as a writer are excellent"

  2. expectation, outlook, prospectnoun

    belief about (or mental picture of) the future

  3. candidate, prospectnoun

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

  4. view, aspect, prospect, scene, vista, panoramanoun

    the visual percept of a region

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

  5. prognosis, prospect, medical prognosisverb

    a prediction of the course of a disease

  6. prospectverb

    search for something desirable

    "prospect a job"

  7. prospectverb

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


  1. prospectnoun

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

  2. prospectnoun

    A hope; a hopeful.

  3. prospectnoun

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

  4. prospectnoun

    The facade of an organ.

  5. prospectverb

    To search, as for gold.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PROSPECTnoun

    Etymology: prospectus, Lat.

    Eden and all the coast in prospect lay. John Milton.

    The Jews being under the œconomy of immediate revelation, might be supposed to have had a freer prospect into that heaven, whence their law descended. Decay of Piety.

    It is better to marry than to burn, says St. Paul; a little burning felt pushes us more powerfully, than greater pleasures in prospect allure. John Locke.

    Him God beholding from his prospect high,
    Wherein past, present, future he beholds,
    Thus spake. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. iii.

    There is a very noble prospect from this place: on the one side lies a vast extent of seas, that runs abroad further than the eye can reach: just opposite stands the green promontory of Surrentum, and on the other side the whole circuit of the bay of Naples. Addison.

    Man to himself
    Is a large prospect, rais’d above the level
    Of his low creeping thoughts. John Denham.

    Present, sad prospect! can he ought descry,
    But what affects his melancholy eye;
    The beauties of the ancient fabrick lost
    In chains of craggy hills, or lengths of dreary coast. Matthew Prior.

    To be king,
    Stands not within the prospect of belief,
    No more than to be Cawdor. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    To him, who hath a prospect of the different state of perfect happiness or misery, that attends all men after this life, the measures of good and evil are mightily changed. John Locke.

    If there be no prospect beyond the grave, the inference is right; let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we shall die. John Locke.

    Against himself his gratitude maintain’d,
    By favours past, not future prospects gain’d. Smith.

    Is he a prudent man, as to his temporal estate, that lays designs only for a day, without any prospect to, or provision for the remaining part of his life. John Tillotson.

  2. To Prospectverb

    To look forward. Dict.

    Etymology: prospectus, Lat


  1. prospect

    A prospect generally refers to the possibility or likelihood of some future event occurring. It can also refer to a person or project regarded as likely to succeed or an individual who is being considered for a position or role. In a business context, a prospect often refers to a potential customer or client.

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. Prospectverb

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

  8. Prospectverb

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

  9. Etymology: [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

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  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

Examples of prospect in a Sentence

  1. The IEA:

    The prospect of large-scale disruptions to Russian oil production is threatening to create a global oil supply shock.

  2. Viking Cruises Chairman Torstein Hagen:

    We are excited about the prospect of bringing modern river cruising to the Mississippi.

  3. Diane Dardon:

    It all seemed so much less than exciting as a career prospect for him.

  4. Deputy Prime Minister Yannis Dragasakis:

    We stressed that the prospect of a deal is realistic provided all sides contribute creatively in order to achieve it, and work together to tackle the problem of liquidity.

  5. Ferdinand Mason:

    The prospect of a lower tax base remains appealing for some U.S. companies regardless of Britain's future status within the EU.

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