Definition of prospect in English:


Syllabification: pros·pect
Pronunciation: /ˈpräsˌpekt


  • 1The possibility or likelihood of some future event occurring: there was no prospect of a reconciliation training that offered a prospect of continuous employment
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    • 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.
    likelihood, hope, expectation, anticipation, (good/poor) chance, odds, probability, possibility, promise; fear, danger
  • 1.1 [in singular] A mental picture of a future or anticipated event: this presents a disturbing prospect of one-party government
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    • 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.
    vision, thought, idea; task, undertaking
  • 1.2 (usually prospects) Chances or opportunities for success or wealth: the poor prospects for the steel industry
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    • 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.
    possibilities, potential, promise, expectations, outlook
  • 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 prospect
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    • 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.
    candidate, possibility
    informal catch
  • 2.1A place likely to yield mineral deposits.
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    • 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.
  • 2.2A place being explored for mineral deposits.
  • 3An extensive view of landscape: a viewpoint commanding a magnificent prospect of the estuary
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    • 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 gold
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    • 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.
    search, look, explore, survey, scout, hunt, reconnoiter, examine, inspect
  • 1.1 (prospect for) Look out for; search for: the responsibilities of salespeople to prospect for customers
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    • 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'.

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