prospect

A prospect is the possibility that something fabulous will happen. After you graduate top of your class at Harvard, for example, your job prospects look great.

Prospect is from the Latin word prospectus which means a "view or outlook." A prospect is still a way of looking ahead and expecting good things. It's like potential in that it's something that might be but isn't yet. There is also the potential for something bad to happen, but prospects usually look good. In the 1800s, when men in floppy brown hats started saying "There's gold in them there hills!" the noun became a verb — to prospect is to search for gold. Either way, when you have prospects, you have a golden future.

Primary Meanings of prospect

1.
nv
the possibility of future success
search for something desirable
2.
n
the visual percept of a region
Full Definitions of prospect
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n the possibility of future success

“his prospects as a writer are excellent”
Synonyms:
chance
Type of:
potency, potential, potentiality
the inherent capacity for coming into being

n belief about (or mental picture of) the future

Synonyms:
expectation, outlook
Types:
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hope, promise
grounds for feeling hopeful about the future
foretaste
an early limited awareness of something yet to occur
possibility
a future prospect or potential
anticipation, expectancy
something expected (as on the basis of a norm)
apprehension, misgiving
painful expectation
rainbow
an illusory hope
life expectancy
an expected time to live as calculated on the basis of statistical probabilities
Type of:
belief
any cognitive content held as true

n a prediction of the course of a disease

Synonyms:
medical prognosis, prognosis
Type of:
medical diagnosis
identification of a disease from its symptoms

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

Synonyms:
candidate
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

v search for something desirable

prospect a job”
Type of:
look, search
search or seek

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

Type of:
explore, research, search
inquire into
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n the visual percept of a region

Synonyms:
aspect, panorama, scene, view, vista
Types:
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background, ground
the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground
coast
the area within view
exposure
aspect resulting from the direction a building or window faces
foreground
the part of a scene that is near the viewer
glimpse
a brief or incomplete view
middle distance
the part of a scene between the foreground and the background
side view
a view from the side of something
tableau
any dramatic scene
profile
an outline of something (especially a human face as seen from one side)
Type of:
visual image, visual percept
a percept that arises from the eyes; an image in the visual system

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