adjective for·ward \ˈfr-wərd, also ˈfō- or ˈf-, Southern also ˈfär-\

: near or belonging to the front part of something

: moving or directed ahead or toward the front

: moving toward the future or toward a more advanced state or condition

Full Definition of FORWARD

a :  near, being at, or belonging to the forepart
b :  situated in advance
a :  strongly inclined :  ready
b :  lacking modesty or reserve :  brash
:  notably advanced or developed :  precocious
:  moving, tending, or leading toward a position in front; also :  moving toward an opponent's goal
a :  advocating an advanced policy in the direction of what is considered progress
b :  extreme, radical
:  of, relating to, or getting ready for the future <forward buying of produce>
for·ward·ly adverb
for·ward·ness noun

Examples of FORWARD

  1. the forward deck of a boat
  2. the forward movement of history
  3. a very forward young woman

Origin of FORWARD

Middle English, from Old English foreweard, from fore- + -weard -ward
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with FORWARD



: toward the front : to or toward what is ahead or in front

: toward the future

: to or toward a more advanced state or condition

Full Definition of FORWARD

:  to or toward what is ahead or in front <from that time forward> <moved slowly forward>

Examples of FORWARD

  1. Her long hair fell forward as she bent to tie her shoes.
  2. He pushed the throttle forward.
  3. She took a small step forward.
  4. The narrative moves backward and forward in time.
  5. The technology has taken a big step forward.

First Known Use of FORWARD

before 12th century

Related to FORWARD



: to send (something you have received, such as a letter) to someone else

: to send (something that has arrived, such as a letter) to another place

: to help (something) make progress or continue to a more advanced state

Full Definition of FORWARD

transitive verb
:  to help onward :  promote <forwarded his friend's career>
a :  to send forward :  transmit <will forward the goods on receipt of your check>
b :  to send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit <forward mail>

Examples of FORWARD

  1. Your letter will be forwarded to the appropriate department.
  2. Please forward my mail to my new address.

First Known Use of FORWARD




sports : a player who plays near the opponent's goal

Full Definition of FORWARD

:  a player who plays at the front of his team's formation near the goal at which his team is attempting to score

First Known Use of FORWARD

May 29, 2015
bodacious Hear it
unmistakable, remarkable, or voluptuous
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