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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Pros"pect
  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."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 prospectsborn." [Cowper.]"These swell their prospectsd exalt their pride, When offers are disdain'd, and love deny'd." [Pope.]

Etymology: 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

verb Pros"pect
To look over; to explore or examine for something; as, to prospect a district for gold.
verb Pros"pect
To make a search; to seek; to explore, as for mines or the like; as, to prospect for gold.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A prediction of the course of a disease
  2. The visual percept of a region
  3. Belief about (or mental picture of) the future
  4. Someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.)
  5. The possibility of future success ("his prospects as a writer are excellent")
  6. Explore for useful or valuable things or substances, such as minerals
  7. Search for something desirable ("prospect a job")

From Latin prospectus, past participle of prospicere (“to look forward”), from pro (“before, forward”) + specere, spicere (“to look, to see”).

  1. The region which the eye overlooks at one time; view; scene; outlook.
  2. A picturesque or panoramic view; a landscape; hence, a sketch of a landscape.
  3. A position affording a fine view; a lookout.
  4. Relative position of the front of a building or other structure; face; relative aspect.
  5. The act of looking forward; foresight; anticipation.
  6. The potential things that may come to pass, often favorable.
  7. A hope; a hopeful.
  8. (sports) Any player whose rights are owned by a top-level professional team, but who has yet to play a game for said team.
  9. (music) The façade of an organ.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Prospect

Anthony was born on February 10th, 1928. He breathed his last breath in 2000.


Fun Facts about the name Prospect

  • When was the first name Prospect first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Prospect is Tuesday, January 5th, 1897.
  • How unique is the name Prospect? From 1880 to 2016 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Prospect. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Prospect: Your name in reverse order is Tcepsorp. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Srtpeopc. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Prospect born Jun 26, 1999

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern Australia approximately on 1200. Your profession was philosopher and thinker.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main lesson in present - to develop magnanimity and feeling of brotherhood. Try to become less adhered to material property and learn to have only as many, as you may give back.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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