(Latin > French: to be, about to be; future)
From Old French futur, from Latin futurus, "about to be". The noun is modeled on Latin futura, neuter plural of futurus.
Motto of Greenville Technical College, Greenville, South Carolina, USA.
2. Events that have not yet happened: The future is being shaped by the advancing technology of the world.
3. An expected or projected state or situation: Because of Bill's accidental fall and resulting injuries to his head, his future is uncertain.
4. A prospective or expected condition; especially, one considered with regard to growth, advancement, or development: Jancy and Jerry started a business that really has no success in the future because of the economic situations that exist at the present time.
5. The tense or form of a verb used to refer to events that are going to happen or have not yet happened: Verbs that are in the tenses regarding the future for the verb "go" normally include the following: "will go", "will have gone" and "will be going". Sometimes "shall go", etc. are also used to indicate tenses in the future.
6. Commodities or stocks that are bought or sold with an agreement as to when it is to be delivered later: Trent invested in some futures that will be sold at a set price for delivery at a specified future date.
There are people who say we cannot accurately predict future events.
When Dorene purchased her new computer, she was told to keep the instructions about how to operate it for future reference.2. A descriptive term that indicates what someone or something will come into existence: Van met his future wife while they were at the university.
The TV program promised that there will be more future events later this evening.
Most future promises of financial gains that are made by advisors are not fulfilled.
2. The present, as it may be regarded by posterity or those who come later: The expectations of future histories are based on the present and/or past times.
3. A narrative of imagined events occurring in science fiction: Many future histories often appear in fictional, self-contained, or chronological frameworks.
An example of future perfect can be expressed as shown in the following: Ann and Loren will have gone by the time Richard and Mildred will have arrived.
3. A style of art, literature, music, etc., and a theory of art and life in which violence, power, speed, mechanization or machines, and dislike of the past or to traditional forms of expression were advocated or portrayed: The expressions of futurism indicated that energy and values would be changed by the machine age.
A theologian is a futurist who believes that the prophecies in the Apocalypse will be fulfilled in a coming time.
The book that Max if reading presents futuristic societies and how they survive.
Julianna seemed to be ahead of her times by studying and utilizing futuristic technologies to achieve her business objectives.
2. The quality or condition of something happening in a later time: In the English language futurities may be expressed with "will" or "shall" in verbal expressions.
3. The afterlife: Some religions promise eternal life in futurity.
4. A situation or event that will take place the next day or at some later date: Manual's skills in computer programming remain more of a futurity than a current reality.
Last Sunday's preacher, Mr. Greg, urged his congregation to change the way they live today, instead of looking for some undetermined or vague futurity.
Benjamin said that one of these days he should go back to see his friend Royce, but futurities were so uncertain that he didn't know when he would be able to meet him.
Also called "futurity race" which is horse racing that is usually for two-year-olds, in which the entrants are selected long before the race is run, sometimes even before the birth of the foal.
Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "divination, diviner; seer, soothsayer, prophecy, prophesy, prophet": augur-; auspic-; fa-, fate; Fates in action; -mancy; omen; -phemia; sorc-, sorcery; vati-.