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(usually the future
) the time or a period of time following the moment of speaking or writing; time regarded as still to come:we plan on getting married in the near future work on the building will be halted for the foreseeable future
events that will or are likely to happen in the time to come:nobody can predict the future used to refer to what will happen to someone or something in the time to come:a blueprint for the future of American fast food a prospect of success or happiness:he’d decided that there was no future in the gang I began to believe I might have a future as an artist Grammar a tense of verbs expressing events that have not yet happened.
at a later time; going or likely to happen or exist:the needs of future generations (of a person) planned or destined to hold a specified position:his future wife existing after death:expectation of a future life Grammar (of a tense) expressing an event yet to happen.