Prospect meaning

prŏs'pĕkt'
Something expected; a possibility.
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(sports) Any player whose rights are owned by a top-level professional team, but who has yet to play a game for said team.
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The direction in which an object, such as a building, faces; an outlook.
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Something presented to the eye; a scene.

A pleasant prospect.

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The act of surveying or examining.
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To search for or explore (a region) for mineral deposits or oil.
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To explore for mineral deposits or oil.
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A mental view or examination; survey.
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The view obtained from any particular point; outlook.
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A looking forward to something; anticipation.
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A likely or prospective customer, candidate, undertaking, etc.
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To explore or search (for)

To prospect for gold.

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To explore or search (a place or region) for oil, mineral deposits, etc.
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The region which the eye overlooks at one time; view; scene; outlook.
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A picturesque or panoramic view; a landscape; hence, a sketch of a landscape.
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A position affording a fine view; a lookout.
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Relative position of the front of a building or other structure; face; relative aspect.
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The act of looking forward; foresight; anticipation.
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The potential things that may come to pass, often favorable.
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(music) The façade of an organ.
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(intransitive) To search, as for gold.
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The definition of a prospect is an expected outcome or a likely customer.

An example of prospect is a new client with whom a company is counting on signing a contract.

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in prospect
  • Expected.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in prospect

Origin of prospect

  • Middle English prospecte from Latin prōspectus distant view from past participle of prōspicere to look out prō- forward pro–1 specere to look at spek- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Latin prospectus, past participle of prospicere, to look forward, from pro, before, forward + specere, spicere, to look, to see
    From Wiktionary