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prospect

pros·pect

prospect

 
 
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb & intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
pronunciation: pras pekt
definition 1: foreseeable possibility; expectation.
The prospect of losing his business frightened him.She was thrilled by the prospect of joining the expedition.
synonyms:
anticipation, chance, expectation, outlook, possibility
similar words:
future, hope, idea, likelihood, notion, probability
definition 2: (usu. pl.) probability of success or profit.
The company's prospects look good this year.
synonyms:
expectation, possibility
similar words:
future, hope, outlook, promise
definition 3: a possible client, customer, or candidate.
The con man thought he'd found a good prospect for his scheme.The audition turned up a few prospects for the lead role.
similar words:
candidate, client, customer
definition 4: a view of a landscape, esp. as seen from a particular point.
The top of that hill offers a fine prospect of the surrounding countryside.
synonyms:
outlook, view, vista
similar words:
aspect, landscape, panorama, perspective, scene, scenery
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part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
pronunciation: pras pekt
inflections: prospected, prospecting, prospects
definition: to search (an area) for minerals, esp. precious metals.
Thousands of people prospected the rivers of California for gold in the 1850s.
similar words:
explore, mine, search
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derivation: prospector (n.)
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