prospectpros‧pect1 /ˈprɒspekt $ ˈprɑː-/ ●●○W3AWL noun1[countable, uncountable]FUTURE the possibility that something will happenprospect of doing somethingI see no prospect of things improving here.There is every prospect (=a strong possibility) of the weather remaining dry this week.prospect forThere are good prospects for growth in the retail sector.prospect thatThere’s a real prospect that England will not qualify for the World Cup.► see thesaurus at future2[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 itprospect ofThe prospect of marriage terrified Alice.Greeks face the prospect of new general elections next month.He relishes the prospect of a fight.daunting/exciting etc prospectbe excited/alarmed/concerned etc at the prospect (of something)She wasn’t exactly overjoyed at the prospect of looking after her niece.3 →prospects4[countable]CHANCE/OPPORTUNITY a person, job, plan etc that has a good chance of success in the future5 →in prospect6[countable usually singular] formalDN a view of a wide area of land, especially from a high placeCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: a particular event which will probably or definitely happen in the future – used especially when you want to talk about how you feel about itadjectivesdaunting (=frightening in a way that makes you not feel confident)It is a pretty daunting prospect, being on stage for forty minutes.terrifyingDriving through London in a strange car was a terrifying prospect.gloomy/grim/bleakMany Britons face the grim prospect of having their home repossessed.excitingWe were to be her guardians. This was an exciting prospect.attractiveA journey of that length was not an attractive prospect.verbsface the prospect (of something)Now they face the prospect of unemployment.relish the prospect (of something) (=enjoy the thought of it very much)She would have to speak to him. She didn’t relish the prospect.dread the prospect (of something) (=feel very worried about it)I dread the prospect of staying here while you’re away.phrasesbe excited/thrilled/delighted etc at the prospect (of something)I was excited at the prospect of going to Washington.be alarmed/appalled/upset etc at the prospect (of something)She was secretly appalled at the prospect of being looked after by her aunt.
prospect• Okioc has been forced to defend its prospecting by calling in experts to look at the seal deaths.• John St.Clair spenthoursprospecting for gold, and was rewarded with some brightliterarynuggets.• It felt challenging and risky, like prospecting for gold.• Increasedtin and gold metalprices from 1980 onwardsencouragedprospecting for these commodities.• They need your help about everything from prospecting to how to get along with their administrativeassistant.From Longman Business Dictionaryprospectpros‧pect1 /ˈprɒspektˈprɑː-/ noun1[countable, uncountable] a possibility that something which you hope for will happen soonprospect ofThere is little real prospect of significant economic growth.2prospects [plural] chances of future successprospects forfirms offering the best prospects for increasing productivity, profitability, and expansionIn Singapore, investors remain optimistic about prospects for the economy.3[singular] something that is possible or is likely to happen in the futureprospect ofThe prospect of still higher unemployment as growth slows is causing great concern.4[countable] a person, job, plan etc that has a good chance of success in the futureRadio is an exciting prospect: the forthcoming deregulation of the industry and an expected boom in advertising revenues is finally making the City take notice.5[countable]MARKETING someone who is not a customer yet, but may become one in the futureMercedes-Benz has kept its reputation by reminding prospects that its vehicles are ‘engineered like no other car in the world.’prospectpro‧spect2 /prəˈspektˈprɑːspekt/ verb [intransitive]to examine an area of land or water, in order to find gold, silver, oil etcprospect forAnglo-United was prospecting for gold in the area in the early eighties. —prospector noun [countable]The government has given gold prospectors access to more than a million acres of forest land.→ See Verb table