Meaning of “prospect” in the English Dictionary

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uk /ˈprɒs.pekt/ us /ˈprɑː.spekt/

prospect noun (POSSIBILITY)

B2 [ C or U ] the possibility that something good might happen in the future:

Is there any prospect of the weather improving?
There seems little prospect of an end to the dispute.
[ + that ] There's not much prospect that this war will be over soon.
There's every prospect of success.
prospects B2 [ plural ]

the possibility of being successful, especially at work:

She's hoping the course will improve her career prospects.
Prospects of/for (= opportunities for) employment remain bleak for most people in the area.

C2 [ S ] the idea of something that will or might happen in the future:

The prospect of spending three whole days with her fills me with horror.
I'm very excited at the prospect of seeing her again.
We face the prospect of having to start all over again.

[ C ] a person who might be chosen, for example as an employee:

We'll be interviewing four more prospects for the jobs this afternoon.

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prospectverb [ I ]

uk /ˈprɒs.pekt/ us /ˈprɑː.spekt/
noun [ C ] uk /prəˈspek.tər/ us /prəˈspek.t̬ɚ/

a prospector looking for gold

(Definition of “prospect” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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prospectnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈprɑs·pekt/

prospect noun [ C/U ] (POSSIBILITY)

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.

prospectverb [ I ]

us /ˈprɑs·pekt/

prospect verb [ I ] (SEARCH)

to search for gold, oil, or other valuable substances on or under the surface of the earth

noun [ C ] us /ˈprɑsˌpek·tər/

a prospector searching for gold

(Definition of “prospect” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"prospect" in Business English

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uk /ˈprɒspekt/ us

[ C or U ] the possibility that something might happen in the future, especially something good:

there is little/no prospect of sth There is little prospect of the trade embargo being lifted this year.
Is there any prospect that serious change in the administration's economic policies could emerge from this session?

[ plural ] the possibility of being successful in the future:

The market remains sceptical about the bank's prospects.
prospects for sth Investors are becoming increasingly excited about prospects for the new drug.
The growth prospects of the medical and health care equipment industry are promising.
sb's career/job prospects Having a wide range of interests can improve your job prospects.
in prospect formal

likely to happen in future:

Another rise in interest rates is in prospect.

[ S ] the fact that something might or will happen in the future:

The company faces the prospect of a new competitor entering the market with a better offer.
These sanctions raise the prospect of a damaging Pacific trade war.

[ C ] MARKETING a possible future customer:

Frequently, a salesperson has only a limited amount of time for contact with customers and prospects.

[ C ] HR a person who might be chosen as an employee:

a prospect for sth We will interview four more prospects for the post this afternoon.

[ C ] someone or something that is likely to succeed in the future:

This product was clearly a better prospect for advertisers.

prospectverb [ I ]

uk /ˈprɒspekt/ us

NATURAL RESOURCES to search for gold, oil, or other valuable substances on or under the surface of the Earth:

prospect for sth The company will begin prospecting for diamonds in northwest Russia under a new joint venture.

to try to achieve, create, or find something:

prospect for sth The internet promises one of the cheapest methods of prospecting for new clients.

(Definition of “prospect” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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He stressed that ‘a society which cannot trust its own people is a weak and fragile one with little prospect of meaningful development’.
However, when a common position is adopted on the agricultural chapter, a fair prospect is required for both the candidate countries and the current net payers.
We cannot accept that some players, driven solely by the prospect of profit, expose the non-commercial functions to the risks inherent in banking.
Today the perspective is that of a stabilisation and association agreement and tomorrow, at a time we cannot yet foresee, the prospect of future accession.
We need to reach agreement on new and sufficiently ambitious targets for official development assistance by 2009 for us to have a real prospect of attaining those goals.
I do not look forward to that as an early prospect, but one day others will take over and you are absolutely right.
I also know that you are working in a creative and worthwhile manner with your many counterparts in order to encourage the prospect of a breakthrough in the situation.
Only if our criticism is accurate and constructive and non-partisan will we be heard by both parties and have a brighter prospect of influence.
Many of these mainly young people boarded the train with the prospect of enjoying themselves, having fun and experiencing something positive, and they instead experienced a terrible and tragic death.
In relation to enlargement, the only prospect opened to the candidate countries is quite simply for their economy to be absorbed into the single market.