in the future

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Prepositional phrase[edit]

in the future

  1. At a future time, at some point in the future.
    Synonyms: later on, someday; see also Thesaurus:one day
    Perhaps humans will live on Mars in the future.
    7 messages to people 500 years in the future.
    A short time away in the future.
  2. (US) From now on.
    Synonyms: as of now, going forward, hereafter; see also Thesaurus:henceforth
    Please put the toilet seat down in the future.

Usage notes[edit]

  • British usage distinguishes between in the future meaning "at some point" in the future and in future meaning "from now on". American usage makes no such distinction, using in the future in both senses.