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future

noun uk   /ˈfjuː.tʃər/  us   /-tʃɚ/

future noun (TIME TO COME)

the future [S]
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B1 a period of time that is to come: Sometimes I worry about the future. I wonder what the future holds for (= what will happen to) you and me. I'm sure at some point in the future I'll want a baby. We need to plan for the future. Do you plan to leave London in the distant future or the near future? I can see those two getting married in the not too distant future (= quite soon). A2 language the form of a verb that you use when talking about something that will happen or exist: In the sentence "Who will take care of the dog?" the verb phrase "will look" is in the future.
C2 [C] what will happen to someone or something in the time that is to come: Torn apart by war, its economy virtually destroyed, this country now faces a very uncertain future. She's a very talented young singer, Mike, and I personally think she's got a great future ahead of her! The future isn't looking too rosy for these companies.B1 [S or U] the chance of continuing success or existence for something: With falling audiences, the future of this theatre is in doubt.in future mainly UK (US usually in the future) B1 used at the beginning or end of a sentence in which there is a decision about a plan of action or a warning: Could you be more careful in future? In future I won't bother asking him out anywhere if he's just going to complain that he's bored! In future I'm going to check every single piece of work that you do!

future noun (MONEY)

futures [plural] agreements for the buying and selling of goods, in which the price is agreed before a particular future time at which the goods will be provided: the futures market She works in futures.
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future

adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈfjuː.tʃər/  us   /-tʃɚ/
B1 happening or existing in the future: Of course we'll keep you up to date with any future developments. There's an old superstition that young girls going to bed on this night dream of their future husbands. language The future form of a verb is used when talking about something that will happen or exist: How do you say that in the future tense?for future reference used when you tell someone something so that it will be known about and can be used in the future: For future reference, could you use the headed paper for any correspondence that leaves this office?
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