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Definition of prospect in English:

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈprɒspɛkt
 
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1 [mass noun] The possibility or likelihood of some future event occurring: there was no prospect of a reconciliation [count noun]: some training which offered a prospect of continuous employment
More 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.
Synonyms
likelihood, hope, expectation, anticipation, (good/poor) chance, chances, odds, probability, possibility, likeliness, promise, lookout;
dream;
fear, danger, hazard
informal on the cards
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.
Synonyms
1.2 (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.
Synonyms
possibilities, potential, promise, expectations, outlook, future, scope
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.
Synonyms
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.
Synonyms
scenery, sweep, landscape, seascape, townscape, cityscape, surroundings;
picture, spectacle, sight
archaic lookout

verb

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.
Synonyms
inspect, survey, make a survey of, explore, search, scout, reconnoitre, examine, check out
search, 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.

Origin

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'.

Derivatives

prospectless

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

prospector

2
Pronunciation: /prəˈspɛktə/
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

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