Definition of


  1. (noun, state) the possibility of future success
  2. (noun, cognition) belief about (or mental picture of) the future
  3. (noun, person) someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.)
  4. (noun, cognition) the visual percept of a region
  5. (noun, act) a prediction of the course of a disease
  6. (verb, perception) search for something desirable
  7. (verb, cognition) explore for useful or valuable things or substances, such as minerals

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Origin of the word Prospect

  1. early 15c., "act of looking into the distance," from L. prospectus "view, outlook," prop. pp. of prospicere "look out on, look forward," from pro- "forward" + specere "look at" (see scope (1)). Meaning "extensive view of the landscape" is from 1530s; transf. sense of "mental view or survey" is from 1620s. Sense of "person or thing considered promisin… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Prospect

perspicacity, perspicuity, prize fight, prizefight, proxy fight

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