future

A time that hasn’t happened yet is the future. You're reading this in the present, and what you read by clicking on the link for the next screen will happen in the future, i.e., in the time ahead.

Future goes back to the Latin root futūrus "about to be," and it is a noun or an adjective referring to things to come. When we hope, we are often imagining what will happen in the future. You might dream of becoming a doctor in the future, or you're looking forward to the weekend, just days away but still in the future. Now is the present, yesterday is the past, and tomorrow is the future, the opposite of the past.

Definitions of future
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n the time yet to come

Synonyms:
futurity, hereafter, time to come
Antonyms:
past, past times, yesteryear
the time that has elapsed
Types:
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kingdom come
the end of time
by-and-by
an indefinite time in the future
offing
the near or foreseeable future
tomorrow
the near future
manana
an indefinite time in the future
Type of:
time
the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past

n a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the future

Synonyms:
future tense
Type of:
tense
a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time

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

Types:
oil future, petroleum future
petroleum bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future date
soybean future
soybeans bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future date
wheat future
wheat bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future date
Type of:
commodity, good, trade good
articles of commerce

adj yet to be or coming

“some future historian will evaluate him”
Synonyms:
incoming
arriving at a place or position
approaching, coming, forthcoming, upcoming
of the relatively near future
future day
yet to come
early
expected in the near future
emerging, rising
coming to maturity
in store
in readiness; awaiting
prox, proximo
in or of the next month after the present
prospective
of or concerned with or related to the future
Antonyms:
past
earlier than the present time; no longer current
present
temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration
noncurrent
not current or belonging to the present time
outgoing
leaving a place or a position
old
of long duration; not new
ago, agone
gone by; or in the past
ancient
belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire
bygone, bypast, departed, foregone, gone
well in the past; former
chivalric, knightly, medieval
characteristic of the time of chivalry and knighthood in the Middle Ages
early, former, other
belonging to the distant past
erstwhile, former, old, one-time, onetime, quondam, sometime
belonging to some prior time
former, late, previous
(used especially of persons) of the immediate past
historic, historical
belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past
last
immediately past
late, recent
of the immediate past or just previous to the present time
olden
long past
other
recently past
prehistoric, prehistorical
belonging to or existing in times before recorded history
then
at a specific prior time
ult, ultimo
in or of the month preceding the present one
existing
presently existing
immediate
of the present time and place
inst, instant
in or of the present month
latter-day
belonging to the present or recent times
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adj effective in or looking toward the future

“he was preparing for future employment opportunities”
Synonyms:
prospective
of or concerned with or related to the future

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

future auxiliary”

adj (of elected officers) elected but not yet serving

Synonyms:
next, succeeding
incoming
arriving at a place or position

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