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future tense

Definition:

a verb tense that expresses actions or states in the future

Class:

communication noun (communicative processes and contents)

Plural:

future tenses

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

future

Etymology:

Old French futur, from Latin futurus "going to be, yet to be", as a noun, "the...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Future tense

a verb form that marks the event described by the verb as not having happened yet, but expected to happen in the future. An example of a future tense form is the French aimera, meaning "will love", derived from the verb aimer. English does not have a ... (47 of 4825 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Future tense

Future tense (disambiguation)

may also refer to: In fiction Future Tense Books, a book publishing company | Future: Tense: The Coming World Order, a 2004 book by Canadian journalist and author Gwynne Dyer | Future Tense, a science fiction anthology edited by Kendell Foster Crossen... (40 of 143 words, 9 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Future tense (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

future | future tense | in future [sense-specific] | futureless [adjective, derived]

the time yet to come | undetermined events that will occur in that time | the condition of a person or thing at a later date | likelihood of later ... (27 of 626 words, 11 definitions, 13 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/future

Wiktionary:

future tense [grammar] | future tenses [plural]

The tense or time form of a verb used to refer to an event or occurrence that has not yet happened or is expected to happen in the future. (29 of 115 words, 9 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/future tense

American Heritage Dictionary:

future tense

A verb tense expressing future time. (6 of 9 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/future-tense

Macmillan British Dictionary:

future | futures [plural] | the future | in the future

"the future": the time that follows the present time ; "the future": events ... | "the future": [linguistics] the future tense of a verb | "futures": ... (24 of 286 words, 4 definitions, 16 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/future

future [only before noun, adjective] | for future reference

expected to exist or happen during the time following the present time ; ... | [linguistics] relating to the future tense of a verb | "for future ... (25 of 152 words, 4 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/future 27

Cambridge Dictionary:

future [entry 1] | the future | in future | in the future

"the future": a period of time that is to come | in grammar, the form of a verb which you use when talking about something that will happen or exist | ... (29 of 266 words, 5 definitions, 14 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/future 1

future [entry 2] | futures

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 (26 of 40 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/future 2

future [entry 3] | for future reference

happening or existing in the future | In grammar, the future form of a verb is used when talking about something that will happen or exist | "for ... (26 of 106 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/future 3

Oxford Dictionary:

future | the future | futures | for future reference | in future

(usually "the future") : a period of time following the moment of speaking or writing; time regarded as still to come | events that will or are likely ... (27 of 261 words, 13 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/future

Merriam-Webster:

future [entry 1, adjective] | aftertime [future] | hereafter [adjective, archaic] | coming [synonym, sense-specific] | unborn [synonym, sense-specific] | bygone [antonym, sense-specific] | past [antonym, sense-specific] | approaching [similar, sense-specific] | forthcoming [similar, sense-specific] | ...

that is to be ; specifically, existing after death | of, relating to, or constituting a verb tense expressive of time yet to come | existing or ... (25 of 133 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/future

future [entry 2, noun] | futures [plural] | by-and-by [synonym, sense-specific] | futurity [synonym, sense-specific] | hereafter [synonym, sense-specific] | offing [synonym, sense-specific] | tomorrow [synonym, sense-specific] | past [antonym, sense-specific] | eventuality [similar, sense-specific] | ...

time that is to come ; what is going to happen | an expectation of advancement or progressive development | "futures": something (as a bulk commodity) ... (24 of 161 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/future show=1

Random House Dictionary:

future | by-and-by | fut. [abbreviation] | futures [sense-specific] | the future tense [grammar, sense-specific]

time that is to be or come hereafter. | something that will exist or happen in time to come. | a condition, especially of success or failure, to come. ... (27 of 140 words, 8 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/future

New World Dictionary:

future

that is to be or come; of days, months, or years ahead | [grammar] indicating time to come | the time that is to come; days, months, or years ahead | ... (28 of 118 words, 7 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/future

Britannica Encyclopedia:

futures [economics]

commercial contract calling for the purchase or sale of specified quantities of a commodity at specified future dates. The origin of futures contracts ... (23 of 1138 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/222912​/futures

Columbia Encyclopedia:

tense | aorist | imperfect

in the grammar of many languages, a category of time distinctions expressed by any conjugated form of a verb. In Latin inflection the tense of a verb ... (27 of 250 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0848180​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

future | future tense [grammar, sense-specific]

time that has yet to come | events that have not yet happened | an expected or projected state | the tense or form of a verb used to refer to events ... (29 of 162 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861614021​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

future

First use: late 14th century

Origin: Old French futur, from Latin futurus "going to be, yet to be", as a noun, "the future", irregular suppletive future participle of ... (25 of 46 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=future

Wiktionary:

future

Origin: Latin futūrus, irregular future active participle of sum ("I am"), from Proto-Indo-European *bhū-, *bʰew- ("to become, be"). Cognate with Old English bēo ("I become, I will be, I am"). More at be.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/future

Oxford Dictionary:

future | the future | futures

Origin: late Middle English: via Old French from Latin futurus, future participle of esse "be" (from the stem fu-, ultimately from a base ... (22 of 25 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/future

New World Dictionary:

future

Origin: Middle English futur from Old French from Latin futurus, about to be, used as future participle of esse, to be

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/future

American Heritage Dictionary:

future

Origin: Middle English, from Old French futur, from Latin futūrus, about to be; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/future

Collins Dictionary:

future

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Latin fūtūrus about to be, from esse to be

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/future

Merriam-Webster:

future [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French and Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin futurus about to be

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/future

Encarta Dictionary:

future

First use: 14th century

Origin: French from Latin futurus "going to be"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861614021​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

future

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "future"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/future

Collins Dictionary:

future

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "future"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/future

Macmillan British Dictionary:

future | futures [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "future"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/future

future [only before noun, adjective]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "future"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/future 27

Macmillan American Dictionary:

future | futures [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "future"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/future

future [only before noun, adjective]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "future"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/future 27

Cambridge Dictionary:

future [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "future"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "future"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/future 1

the Free Dictionary:

future

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "future"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "future"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "future" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/future

Google Dictionary:

future

Audio: English pronunciation of "future"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=future

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

future

Audio: North American pronunciation of "future"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=future​01 word=future

YourDictionary Audio:

future

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "future" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/future

freedictionary.org:

Future

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Future" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=future

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