Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “prospect”

See all translations

prospect

noun 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 posts this afternoon.
More examples

prospect noun (VIEW)

[C] formal a good view of a large land area or of a city: From the restaurant there was a marvellous prospect of/over Siena and the countryside beyond.

prospect

verb [I] uk   /ˈprɒs.pekt/ us    /ˈprɑː.spekt/
to search for gold, oil, or other valuable substances on or under the surface of the earth: to prospect for oil/gold
prospector
noun [C] uk   /prəˈspek.tər/ us    /-t̬ɚ/
a prospector looking for gold
(Definition of prospect from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of prospect?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “prospect” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

pot luck

anything that is available or is found by chance, rather than something chosen, planned, or prepared

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More