- 1The possibility or likelihood of some future event occurring: there was no prospect of a reconciliation training that offered a prospect of continuous employmentMore example sentences
- Other workers will view the prospect with horror.
- Of course there are moments where you are lulled temporarily into a false sensation of hope at the prospect of viewing a quality film.
- Such is the scepticism with which many view the prospect.
- 1.1 [in singular] A mental picture of a future or anticipated event: this presents a disturbing prospect of one-party governmentMore example sentences
vision, thought, idea; task, undertaking
- It was, though, only when our tutor allowed himself a little self-satisfied smile at the prospect of the future triumph of behaviourism that he felt sufficiently moved to speak.
- But the reality is that women face a multitude of problems when deciding if and when to have a family, despite the prospect of a childless future glaring at them from newspaper headlines.
- It dreads the prospect of a future where more and more wagering ends up with non-fee paying operators ‘leeching’ off racing.
- 1.2 (usually prospects) Chances or opportunities for success or wealth: the poor prospects for the steel industryMore example sentences
- By aligning the owners' aspirations with those of their emerging management team, the prospects of future success are greatly increased.
- The finality of death of a young man with glowing prospects for success is a shattering blow indeed.
- In many cases, an alternative to a representational model will offer the best prospects for success.
- 2A person regarded as likely to succeed or as a potential customer, client, etc.: clients deemed likely prospects for active party membership a great young pitching prospectMore example sentences
candidate, possibility• informal catch
- Around the time, many small business prospects, customers and clients will dwell on cost.
- The idea would be that a company links to its customers and potential prospects.
- The two largest potential groups of likely prospects for the certificate program include law enforcement officers and nurses.
- 2.1A place likely to yield mineral deposits.More example sentences
- These days, there are fewer places to drill, and the best exploration prospects take more capital to tap.
- It also has several exploration prospects near existing fields.
- He said Government was doing the mapping exercise as a basic way of exploring minerals at various mining prospects.
- 3An extensive view of landscape: a viewpoint commanding a magnificent prospect of the estuaryMore example sentences
- The other two views take in turn prospects from the east and the west which are altogether more familiar to us.
- In La Puce, the topographical prospects, or views, include the female body as well as the city.
- Certain vantages are more than the means of visual control and possession of the land viewed; they themselves become desirable for their commanding prospects.
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- 1Search for mineral deposits in a place, especially by means of experimental drilling and excavation: the company is also prospecting for goldMore example sentences
- On the other hand, imagine how a middle manager in an oil company would respond to emailers complaining about how the company was prospecting for oil and marketing itself.
- The argument that the Russians are successfully prospecting for oil in unlikely places is dubious at best.
- He later flew in New Guinea, where he established an airline, prospected for oil, and ran a pearling boat.
- 1.1 (prospect for) Look out for; search for: the responsibilities of salespeople to prospect for customersMore example sentences
- The birds prospecting for nesting sites were most attracted to areas where other birds had large broods of robust infants.
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- In 1890 more than 30,000 prospectors made the hazardous journey up the Chikoot Trail in a bid to claim their stake in more than $250 million worth of gold.
- Puerto Jimenez, the peninsula's capital, was until very recently an illegal gold town, set up by prospectors needing supplies to explore the untouched jungle interiors.
- Then in the 1860s mineral prospectors and railroad surveyors began to disturb them.
late Middle English (as a noun denoting the action of looking toward a distant object): from Latin prospectus 'view', from prospicere 'look forward', from pro- 'forward' + specere 'to look'. Early use, referring to a view of landscape, gave rise to the meaning 'mental picture' (mid 16th century), whence 'anticipated event'.