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future Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the time yet to come
    time to come; futurity; hereafter.
  2. noun a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the future
    future tense.
  3. noun bulk commodities bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future date
  4. adjective yet to be or coming
    • some future historian will evaluate him
  5. adjective satellite effective in or looking toward the future
    • he was preparing for future employment opportunities
  6. adjective satellite (of elected officers) elected but not yet serving
    succeeding; next.
    • our next president
  7. adjective a verb tense or other formation referring to events or states that have not yet happened
    • future auxiliary

Fu"ture adjective
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. 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.
Fu"ture noun
Cf. F. futur. See Future, a.
  1. 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. "Lay the future open." Shak.
  2. The possibilities of the future; -- used especially of prospective success or advancement; as, he had great future before him.
  3. (Gram.) A future tense.

Webster 1913