ETYM French futur, Latin futurus, used as fut. p. of esse to be, but from the same root as Eng. be. Related to Be.
1. Coming at a subsequent time or stage; SYN. later, ulterior.
2. Yet to be or coming.
3. Effective in or looking toward the future.
4. (Grammar) A verb tense or other formation referring to events or states that have not yet happened.
5. (Of elected officers) Elected but not yet serving; SYN. next, succeeding.