prospects; prospecting; prospected

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.

Definitions of prospect
  1. noun
    the possibility of future success
    “his prospects as a writer are excellent”
    synonyms: chance
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    potency, potential, potentiality
    the inherent capacity for coming into being
  2. noun
    belief about (or mental picture of) the future
    synonyms: expectation, outlook
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    hope, promise
    grounds for feeling hopeful about the future
    an early limited awareness of something yet to occur
    a future prospect or potential
    anticipation, expectancy
    something expected (as on the basis of a norm)
    apprehension, misgiving
    painful expectation
    an illusory hope
    life expectancy
    an expected time to live as calculated on the basis of statistical probabilities
    type of:
    any cognitive content held as true
  3. noun
    a prediction of the course of a disease
    synonyms: medical prognosis, prognosis
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    medical diagnosis
    identification of a disease from its symptoms
  4. noun
    someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.)
    synonyms: candidate, nominee
  5. verb
    search for something desirable
    prospect a job”
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    type of:
    look, search
    search or seek
  6. verb
    explore for useful or valuable things or substances, such as minerals
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    type of:
    delve, explore, research, search
    inquire into
  7. noun
    the visual percept of a region
    synonyms: aspect, panorama, scene, view, vista
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    background, ground
    the part of a scene (or picture) that lies behind objects in the foreground
    the area within view
    aspect resulting from the direction a building or window faces
    the part of a scene that is near the viewer
    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
    any dramatic scene
    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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