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[n] a prediction of the course of a disease
[n] the visual percept of a region; "the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views"
[n] belief about (or mental picture of) the future
[n] someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.)
[n] the possibility of future success; "his prospects as a writer are excellent"
[v] explore for useful or valuable things or substances, such as minerals
[v] search for something desirable; "prospect a job"

Misc. Definitions

\Pros"pect\, n. [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}.]
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. 4
5. The act of looking forward; foresight; anticipation; as, a prospect of the future state. --Locke. 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 prospects born.'' --Cowper. These swell their prospectsd exalt their pride, When offers are disdain'd, and love deny'd. --Pope.
\Pros"pect\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prospected}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prospecting}.] To look over; to explore or examine for something; as, to prospect a district for gold.
\Pros"pect\, v. i. To make a search; to seek; to explore, as for mines or the like; as, to prospect for gold.

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