The indefinite time yet to come: will try to do better in the future. Something that will happen in time to come:"The future comes apace"(Shakespeare). A prospective or expected condition, especially one considered with regard to growth, advancement, or development: a business with no future. often A financial instrument that obligates the holder to buy or sell an asset at a set price on a specified date in the future: a market for copper futures. Grammar The form of a verb used in speaking of action that has not yet occurred or of states not yet in existence. A verb form in the future tense.