AskDefine | Define prospect

Dictionary Definition



1 the possibility of future success; "his prospects as a writer are excellent"
2 belief about (or mental picture of) the future [syn: expectation, outlook]
3 someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.) [syn: candidate]
4 the visual percept of a region; "the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views" [syn: view, aspect, scene, vista, panorama]
5 a prediction of the course of a disease [syn: prognosis, medical prognosis]


1 search for something desirable; "prospect a job"
2 explore for useful or valuable things or substances, such as minerals

User Contributed Dictionary



prospectus, past participle of prospicere, to look forward, from pro, before, forward + specere, spicere, to look, to see


  • (noun):
    • (RP): /ˈprɒspɛkt/, /"prQspEkt/
    • (US): präsʹpĕkt, /ˈprɑːspɛkt/, /"prA:spEkt/
  • (verb): prə-spĕktʹ, /prəˈspɛkt/, /pr@"spEkt/
    Rhymes: -ɛkt


  1. The potential things that may come to pass, usually favorable.


potential things that may come to pass, usually favorable


  1. To search, as for gold.


  • Catalan: fer prospeccions
  • Finnish: etsiä

Extensive Definition

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See also

prospect in German: Prospekt
prospect in French: Prospection
prospect in Lithuanian: Prospektas
prospect in Dutch: Prospect
prospect in Polish: Prospekt
prospect in Russian: Проспект
prospect in Swedish: Prospekt
prospect in Ukrainian: Проспект
prospect in Volapük: Prospect

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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