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Topic: NATURE

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Latin
Origin: prospectus, from the past participle of prospicere 'to look forward'

prospect

1 noun
     
pros‧pect1 S2 W2
1 [uncountable and countable] the possibility that something will happen
prospect of doing something
I see no prospect of things improving here.
There is every prospect (=a strong possibility) of the weather remaining dry this week.
prospect for
There are good prospects for growth in the retail sector.
prospect that
There's a real prospect that England will not qualify for the World Cup.
2 [singular] a particular event which will probably or definitely happen in the future - used especially when you want to talk about how you feel about it
prospect of
The prospect of marriage terrified Alice.
Greeks face the prospect of new general elections next month.
be excited/alarmed/concerned etc at the prospect (of something)
She wasn't exactly overjoyed at the prospect of looking after her niece.
3

prospects

[plural] chances of future success:
I had no job, no education, and no prospects.
job/career prospects
Job prospects for graduates don't look good.
4 [countable] a person, job, plan etc that has a good chance of success in the future
5

in prospect

formal likely to happen in the near future:
A new round of trade talks is in prospect.
6 [countable usually singular] formalDN a view of a wide area of land, especially from a high place
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