Fu·ture a. 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 tense Gram., the tense or modification of a verb which expresses a future act or event.
1. 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.”
2. The possibilities of the future; -- used especially of prospective success or advancement; as, he had great future before him.
3. Gram. A future tense.
To deal in futures, to speculate on the future values of merchandise or stocks. [Brokers' cant]
adj 1: yet to be or coming; "some future historian will evaluate
him" [ant: past, present(a)]
2: effective in or looking toward the future; "he was preparing
for future employment opportunities"
3: coming at a subsequent time or stage; "the future president
entered college at the age of 16"; "awaiting future
actions on the bill"; "later developments"; "without
ulterior argument" [syn: future(a), later(a), ulterior]
4: (of elected officers) elected but not yet serving; "our next
president" [syn: future(a), next, succeeding(a)]
5: a verb tense or other formation referring to events or
states that have not yet happened; "future auxiliary"
n 1: the time yet to come [syn: hereafter, futurity, time to
come] [ant: past]
2: a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the future
[syn: future tense]
3: bulk commodities bought or sold at an agreed price for
delivery at a specified future date