Definition of prospect in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈprɒspɛkt
  • 2A person regarded as likely to succeed or as a potential customer, client, etc.: Norwich’s unbeaten heavyweight prospect clients deemed likely prospects for active party membership
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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
  • 3A place likely to yield mineral deposits: additional exploration prospects have been identified in this area
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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.
  • 4An 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.
    view, vista, outlook, perspective, panorama, aspect, scene; scenery, sweep, landscape, seascape, townscape, cityscape, surroundings; picture, spectacle, sight
    archaic lookout


Pronunciation: /prəˈspɛkt
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  • 1Search for mineral deposits, especially by 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.
    inspect, survey, make a survey of, explore, search, scout, reconnoitre, examine, check outsearch, look, seek, hunt, go after, dowse
  • 1.1 (prospect for) Search for; seek: many charities are prospecting for new donors
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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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  • The refugee youth I worked with are incredible: resilient and able to cope with a prospectless and threatening future much better than I think I ever could.
  • These positions are prospectless for Black in terms of winning chances.
  • This is particularly true in some slow and apparently prospectless continuations.


Pronunciation: /prəˈspɛktə/
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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 towards 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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