An example of prospect is a new client with whom a company is counting on signing a contract.
- a broad view; scene
- a place affording such a view
- a mental view or examination; survey
- the view obtained from any particular point; outlook
- a looking forward to something; anticipation
- something hoped for or expected; anticipated outcome
- [usually pl.] apparent chance for success
- a likely or prospective customer, candidate, undertaking, etc.
- a place where a mineral deposit is sought or found
- a sample of gravel, earth, etc. tested for a particular mineral, or the resulting yield of mineral
Origin of prospectMiddle English prospecte from Classical Latin prospectus, lookout from prospicere, to look forward from pro-, forward + specere, to look: see spy
- Something expected; a possibility.
- prospects a. Chances.b. Financial expectations, especially of success.
- a. A potential customer, client, or purchaser.b. A candidate deemed likely to succeed.
- The direction in which an object, such as a building, faces; an outlook.
- Something presented to the eye; a scene: a pleasant prospect.
- The act of surveying or examining.
- a. The location or probable location of a mineral deposit.b. An actual or probable mineral deposit.c. The mineral yield obtained by working an ore.
verbpros·pect·ed, pros·pect·ing, pros·pects
Origin of prospectMiddle English prospecte from Latin prōspectus distant view from past participle of prōspicere to look out prō- forward ; see pro- 1. specere to look at ; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
- The region which the eye overlooks at one time; view; scene; outlook.
- A picturesque or panoramic view; a landscape; hence, a sketch of a landscape.
- A position affording a fine view; a lookout.
- Relative position of the front of a building or other structure; face; relative aspect.
- The act of looking forward; foresight; anticipation.
- The potential things that may come to pass, often favorable.
- A hope; a hopeful.
- (sports) Any player whose rights are owned by a top-level professional team, but who has yet to play a game for said team.
- (music) The faÃ§ade of an organ.
(third-person singular simple present prospects, present participle prospecting, simple past and past participle prospected)
- (intransitive) To search, as for gold.