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1. Time to come; time subsequent to the present (as, the future shall be as the present); collectively, events that are to happen in time to come. Lay the future open.

2. The possibilities of the future; used especially of prospective success or advancement; as, he had great future before him.

3. A future tense. To deal in futures, to speculate on the future values of merchandise or stocks.

Origin: cf. F. Futur. See future.