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English definition of “prospect”


noun [C/U] (POSSIBILITY)   /ˈprɑs·pekt/
the possibility or likelihood that something will happen : [C] Losing the elections is a prospect that still appears unlikely . [U] She smiled at the prospect of seeing him again. [pl] Prospects (= Chances for success ) in the computer industry are excellent .
(Definition of prospect noun (POSSIBILITY) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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