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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PROS'PECT, n. [L. prospectus, prospicio, to look forward; pro and specio, to see.]
1. View of things within the reach of the eye.
Eden and all the coast in prospect lay.
2. View of things to come; intellectual sight; expectation. The good man enjoys the prospect of future felicity.
3. That which is presented to the eye; the place and the objects seen. There is a noble prospect from the dome of the state house in Boston, a prospect diversified with land and water, and every thing that can please the eye.
4. Object of view.
Man to himself
Is a large prospect.
5. View delineated or painted; picturesque representation of a landscape.
6. Place which affords an extended view.
7. Position of the front of a building; as a prospect towards the south or north. Ezek 40.
8. Expectation, or ground of expectation. There is a prospect of a good harvest. A man has a prospect of preferment; or he has little prospect of success.
9. A looking forward; a regard to something future.
Is he a prudent man as to his temporal estate, who lays designs only for a day, without any prospect to or provision for the remaining part of life? [Little used.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin prospectus view, prospect, from prospicere to look forward, exercise foresight, from pro- forward + specere to look more at pro-, spy Date: 15th century 1. exposure 3b 2. a. (1) an extensive view (2) a mental consideration ; survey b. a place that commands an extensive view ; lookout c. something extended to the view ; scene d. archaic a sketch or picture of a scene 3. obsolete aspect 4. a. the act of looking forward ; anticipation b. a mental picture of something to come ; vision c. something that is awaited or expected ; possibility d. plural (1) financial expectations (2) chances 5. a place showing signs of containing a mineral deposit 6. a. a potential buyer or customer b. a likely candidate for a job or position Synonyms: prospect, outlook, anticipation, foretaste mean an advance realization of something to come. prospect implies expectation of a particular event, condition, or development of definite interest or concern <the prospect of a quiet weekend>. outlook suggests a forecasting of the future <a favorable outlook for the economy>. anticipation implies a prospect or outlook that involves advance suffering or enjoyment of what is foreseen <the anticipation of her arrival>. foretaste implies an actual though brief or partial experience of something forthcoming <the frost was a foretaste of winter>. II. Date: 1841 intransitive verb to explore an area especially for mineral deposits transitive verb to inspect (a region) for mineral deposits; broadly explore prospector noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a (often in pl.) an expectation, esp. of success in a career etc. (his prospects were brilliant; offers a gloomy prospect; no prospect of success). b something one has to look forward to (don't relish the prospect of meeting him). 2 an extensive view of landscape etc. (a striking prospect). 3 a mental picture (a new prospect in his mind). 4 a a place likely to yield mineral deposits. b a sample of ore for testing. c the resulting yield. 5 a possible or probable customer, subscriber, etc. --v. 1 intr. (usu. foll. by for) a explore a region for gold etc. b look out for or search for something. 2 tr. a explore (a region) for gold etc. b work (a mine) experimentally. c (of a mine) promise (a specified yield). Phrases and idioms: prospect well (or ill etc.) (of a mine) promise well (or ill etc.). Derivatives: prospectless adj. prospector n. Etymology: ME f. L prospectus: see PROSPECTUS

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Prospect Pros"pect, n. [L. prospectus, fr. prospicere, prospectum, to look forward; pro before, forward + specere, spicere, look, to see: cf. OF. prospect. See Spy, v., and cf. Prospectus.] 1. That which is embraced by eye in vision; the region which the eye overlooks at one time; view; scene; outlook. His eye discovers unaware The goodly prospect of some foreign land. --Milton. 2. Especially, a picturesque or widely extended view; a landscape; hence, a sketch of a landscape. I went to Putney . . . to take prospects in crayon. --Evelyn. 3. A position affording a fine view; a lookout. [R.] Him God beholding from his prospect high. --Milton. 4. Relative position of the front of a building or other structure; face; relative aspect. And their prospect was toward the south. --Ezek. xl. 44. 5. The act of looking forward; foresight; anticipation; as, a prospect of the future state. --Locke. Is he a prudent man as to his temporal estate, that lays designs only for a day, without any prospect to, or provision for, the remaining part of life ? --Tillotson. 6. That which is hoped for; ground for hope or expectation; expectation; probable result; as, the prospect of success. ``To brighter prospects born.'' --Cowper. These swell their prospectsd exalt their pride, When offers are disdain'd, and love deny'd. --Pope.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Prospect Pros"pect, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prospected; p. pr. & vb. n. Prospecting.] To look over; to explore or examine for something; as, to prospect a district for gold.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Prospect Pros"pect, v. i. To make a search; to seek; to explore, as for mines or the like; as, to prospect for gold.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(prospected) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. If there is some prospect of something happening, there is a possibility that it will happen. Unfortunately, there is little prospect of seeing these big questions answered... The prospects for peace in the country's eight-year civil war are becoming brighter... There is a real prospect that the bill will be defeated in parliament. N-VAR: with supp, oft N of n/-ing 2. A particular prospect is something that you expect or know is going to happen. They now face the prospect of having to wear a cycling helmet by law... N-SING: usu with supp, oft N of n/-ing 3. Someone's prospects are their chances of being successful, especially in their career. I chose to work abroad to improve my career prospects. N-PLURAL: usu supp N 4. When people prospect for oil, gold, or some other valuable substance, they look for it in the ground or under the sea. He had prospected for minerals everywhere from the Gobi Desert to the Transvaal... In fact, the oil companies are already prospecting not far from here. VERB: V for n, V prospecting He was involved in oil, zinc and lead prospecting. N-UNCOUNT prospector (prospectors) The discovery of gold brought a flood of prospectors into the Territories. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. View, survey, display, sight, scene, field, landscape, show, spectacle, vision, vista, perspective. 2. Landscape, scenery, picture. 3. Expectation, anticipation, contemplation, calculation, expectance, foreseeing, promise, foresight, presumption, hope, trust. 4. Probability, likelihood.

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