• WordNet 3.6
    • adj future (of elected officers) elected but not yet serving "our next president"
    • adj future yet to be or coming "some future historian will evaluate him"
    • adj future effective in or looking toward the future "he was preparing for future employment opportunities"
    • adj future a verb tense or other formation referring to events or states that have not yet happened "future auxiliary"
    • n future bulk commodities bought or sold at an agreed price for delivery at a specified future date
    • n future a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the future
    • n future the time yet to come
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1949, forecasting the relentless march of science, Popular Mechanics said "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
    • Future (Gram) A future tense.
    • a Future That is to be or come hereafter; that will exist at any time after the present; as, the next moment is future, to the present.
    • Future The possibilities of the future; -- used especially of prospective success or advancement; as, he had great future before him.
    • Future Time to come; time subsequent to the present (as, the future shall be as the present); collectively, events that are to happen in time to come. "Lay the future open."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: After the death of the genius, Albert Einstein, his brain was removed by a pathologist and put in a jar for future study
    • future That is to be or come hereafter; that will exist at any time after the present; pertaining to time subsequent to the present: as, the next moment is future to the present.
    • future Relating to later time, or to that which is to come; referring to or expressing futurity: as, one's future prospects; the future tense in grammar. In technical use often abbreviated future
    • n future Time to come; time subsequent to the present, or that which will or may happen after the present time.
    • n future A speculative purchase or sale of stock or other commodities for future receipt or delivery. See to deal in futures, below.
    • n future In grammar, the future tense. See tense.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: At one time in India, a fiance was required to deflower his future bride if she died before the wedding. The girl could not be cremated until this ritual was carried out in front of the village priest.
    • adj Future fūt′ūr about to be: that is to come:
    • n Future time to come
    • adj Future fūt′ūr (gram.) expressing what will be
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  • Ring Lardner
    Ring Lardner
    “They gave each other a smile with a future in it.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “The future will one day be the present and will seem as unimportant as the present does now.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The future influences the present just as much as the past.”
  • Mary Pickford
    Mary Pickford
    “The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.”
  • Chinese Proverb
    Chinese Proverb
    “When men speak of the future, the Gods laugh.”
  • Roger Smith
    Roger Smith
    “You don't just stumble into the future. You create your own future.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. futur, L. futurus, used as fut. p. of esse, to be, but from the same root as E. be,. See Be (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. futurus, fut.p. of esse, to be.


In literature:

He dined at home with the view of welcoming his future son-in-law.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Awakening a national mind ready to undergo sacrifices on behalf of future generations.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
She sat a long while pondering over her misfortunes, and shuddering at the prospects of the future.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
There's a great future for Snow at Hoppers'.
"One Woman's Life" by Robert Herrick
A terrible war is raging, and Germans look with gloomy apprehension to the future of their fatherland.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
The future, not the past, must be my motto.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
The future is being served, but the future is not there to pay.
"Woman and Womanhood" by C. W. Saleeby
Auspicium was properly the foretelling of future events from the inspection of birds; augurium from any omen or prodigy whatever.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
The practice of medicine in the future is to be along the line of preventive practice.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
He felt the pain of it now, and faced the future consequences.
"A Soldier of the Legion" by C. N. Williamson

In poetry:

I know that I am old
And never can recover what is past,
But for the future may some light unfold
And soar from ages blast.
"George Moses Horton, Myself" by George Moses Horton
Should Death be standing at the gate
Thus should I keep my vow;
But, Lord, whate'er my future fate
So let me serve Thee now.
"Last Lines" by Anne Bronte
And then I'd outline Paradise,
And give a celestial view,
I'd show to men their future home,
If while on earth they're true.
"A Human Artist" by Frank Barbour Coffin
He's gone! Methinks that over him,
Like Curtius in the abyss,
I see great gulphs close rim to rim,
And Past and Future kiss!
"The Young Man's Song" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
"Struck with her charms and gentle truth,
I clasp'd the constant fair;
To her alone I gave my youth,
And vow my future care.
"Nancy of the Vale" by William Shenstone
But may thy life thro' future years,
In healthful beauty shine,
And when you think of other days,
Think of this wish of mine.
"To Mis - - - -" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

Future of the Left at Bottom Lounge.
Future of the Left ( Getty / November 5, 2012 ).
Flying out of Braniff International Airways's groovy Terminal of?the Future at Dallas Love Field, a little boy emerged forever changed.
Pakistan's government is facing a period of prolonged uncertainty about its future, four years after the country returned to democratic rule.
Inventor With Eye on Future.
Auditions coming, opera here, blues in future.
NORMAN — The next three and a half weeks are going to have a big effect on Oklahoma's football future.
Nestle leads the way to a cool, all-natural future.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays an assassin and is held by his future self, played by Bruce Willis, in the time-travel thriller "Looper.".
Armstrong foundation fighting for future.
Glenn Rife fears for the future of the 1925 Max Kade German House.
As we head into the New Year, looking towards the future, our minds are always drawn to the past.
Way back in the dawn of e-time, in 1996, George Lucas foresaw the future.
Network Associates also did not pledge to reject future pleas from the FBI done in the absence of legislation making backdoors mandatory.
The future is not set on FlashForward (ABC, tonight, 8 ET/PT), a lesson we learned last week when Agent Al sabotaged his flash-revealed future by committing suicide.

In science:

There are now a number of situations where global stability results have been proved, namely: the global stability of Minkowski space-time , and of deSitter space-time , the global future stability of the Milne space-time , and the future U (1) stability of certain Bianchi models .
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
Suppose that (M, g) is geodesically complete to the future of Σ, and that the future is foliated by CMC Cauchy surfaces, i.e. M = MF to the future of Σ.
Cheeger-Gromov Theory and Applications to General Relativity
One-parameter subgroups with future-directed timelike tangent vectors in AdS (“time evolutions”) have future-directed timelike tangent vectors in CMd .
Generalized free fields and the AdS-CFT correspondence
We can conventionally call ”future” the direction of γ µ (x0 ) and ”past” the direction of −γ µ (x0 ) or vice versa, but in any case past is substantially different than future.
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry
This means that A’s future cannot be different than B’s future: there is an only future for the whole manifold, defined by its light-cone structure.
The cosmological origin of time-asymmetry