I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin futurus about to be — more at be Date: 14th century 1. that is to be; specifically existing after death 2. of, relating to, or constituting a verb tense expressive of time yet to come 3. existing or occurring at a later time <
met his future wife
II. noun Date: 15th century 1. a. time that is to come b. what is going to happen 2. an expectation of advancement or progressive development 3. something (as a bulk commodity) bought for future acceptance or sold for future delivery — usually used in plural <
grain futures
4. a. the future tense of a language b. a verb form in the future tense

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