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Definition of fore 

(Entry 1 of 6)

1 obsolete : at an earlier time or period

2 : in, toward, or near the front : forward The plane's exits are located fore and aft.

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variants: or less commonly 'fore

Definition of fore (Entry 2 of 6)

1 chiefly dialectal : before

2 : in the presence of



Definition of fore (Entry 3 of 6)

1 : situated in front of something else : forward

2 : prior in order of occurrence : former



Definition of fore (Entry 4 of 6)

: something that occupies a front position

to the fore

: in or into a position of prominence : forward

Definition of fore (Entry 5 of 6)

used by a golfer to warn anyone within range of the probable line of flight of the ball

Definition of fore- (Entry 6 of 6)

1a : earlier : beforehand foresee

b : occurring earlier : occurring beforehand foreshock

2a : situated at the front : in front foreleg

b : front part of (something specified) forearm

c : foremast foretop

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Synonyms & Antonyms for fore

Synonyms: Preposition

afore [chiefly dialect], ahead of, before, ere, of, previous to, prior to, to

Synonyms: Adjective

anterior, forward, front, frontal, frontward (or frontwards)

Antonyms: Preposition

after, following

Antonyms: Adjective

aft, after, hind, hinder, hindmost, posterior, rear, rearward

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Examples of fore in a Sentence


The plane's exits are located fore and aft.


fore the baby's arrival, the young couple had been able to cope with their problems fore the stranger there swarmed a gaggle of curious street urchins


the fore and aft cabins cats have five fore toes but only four hind toes
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

On Thursday at Bay Hill, Tiger had some huge misses to both sides with both of those clubs, one of which (fore right on 3) kept this round from being a really low one. Daniel Rapaport,, "Tiger Woods Round Recap: Tiger Opens With 4-Under 68 at Bay Hill, Four Behind Stenson," 15 Mar. 2018 Active Ride Control moderates fore-aft pitching of the vehicle over bumps in the road by controlling the engine and brakes, for a smoother ride. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Nissan adds smaller Rogue Sport model to crossover lineup, starting at $21,420 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Jan. 2018 Only fore-teen Fourteen year-old amateur golfer Atthaya Thitikul won the Ladies European Thailand Championship on Sunday, making her the youngest known winner of a professional golf tour event. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "The World’s Most Powerful Women: July 11," 11 July 2017 Up and down the hydraulic arms went; fore and aft tipped the bucket. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: Texting pilots “to reduce flight delays”: What could possibly go wrong with that?," 23 Apr. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

With immigration at the fore front of the current debate, several of these races look even more interesting. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "A good offense may be best defense for House GOP," 25 June 2018 A unique fen and about half the site is now forest preserve land. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin still discussing land lease to charter school group," 27 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The French leader has stepped to the fore as a defender of liberal values at a time when nationalism is surging across Europe. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Macron Sounds Warning on Nationalism as Leaders Mark Armistice Day," 11 Nov. 2018 Not the harassment or the discrimination that has come to the fore since the #MeToo movement exploded almost 12 months ago, but the bias, which has been the site of her activism for over a decade. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Geena Davis Knows Women Are Good for Hollywood's Bottom Line. So What Gives?," 19 Sep. 2018 Yet that book, and the scattered works that followed, proved so influential that Dr. Rose was credited with standing at the fore of a revolution in the field of U.S. history. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Willie Lee Rose, influential historian of slavery and Reconstruction, dies at 91," 26 June 2018 Magic especially resonates in an era when questions of truth and accountability are at the fore of our national discussion, said Penn Jillette, the magician of Penn & Teller fame. Charles Passy, WSJ, "There’s Magic in the New York City Air," 21 June 2018 Walsh and Sington do a beautiful job of exploring this, asking viewers to directly confront the feelings raised by seeing women at the fore of the 1960s space program. Kat Eschner, Outside Online, "One Small Step for a Woman, One Giant Leap for Mankind," 27 Apr. 2018 In a recent interview with The Atlantic, Giovanni explained that her populist ideals are in line with King’s belief in collective leadership—in empowering regular individuals to be at the fore of the struggle for civil rights. Emily Lordi, The Atlantic, "Nikki Giovanni: 'Martin Had Faith in the People'," 5 Apr. 2018 Strasburg will be at the fore of the best 1-2 punch in baseball, keeping him ahead of his teammate, as well as Clayton Kershaw, in Cy Young voting. Staff,, "2018 MLB Awards Predictions: Who Will Take Home Baseball's Top Honors?," 27 Mar. 2018 That contrast has come to the fore as Wheeler prepares to take the helm of the agency on Monday in the wake of Pruitt’s resignation amid allegations of overspending andethical misconduct. Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, "Shift at EPA shows technocrats are replacing big-personality Cabinet members," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of fore


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1637, in the meaning defined above


circa 1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fore


Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old English for


see fore entry 1




see fore entry 3


probably short for before

Combining form

Middle English for-, fore-, from Old English fore-, from fore, adverb

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English Language Learners Definition of fore

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: toward or at the front part of a boat, ship, or airplane



English Language Learners Definition of fore (Entry 2 of 3)

: located at the front of a boat, ship, or airplane

English Language Learners Definition of fore- (Entry 3 of 3)

: earlier

: located at the front

: front or lower part of (something specified)


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Kids Definition of fore

 (Entry 1 of 5)

: in or toward the front The plane's exits are located fore and aft.



Kids Definition of fore (Entry 2 of 5)

: being or coming before in time, place, or order the ship's fore hold



Kids Definition of fore (Entry 3 of 5)

: front entry 1 sense 1 the ship's fore

Kids Definition of fore (Entry 4 of 5)

used by a golfer to warn someone within range of a hit ball



Kids Definition of fore-

1 : earlier : beforehand foresee

2 : at the front : in front foreleg

3 : front part of something specified forearm


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Medical Definition of fore 

: situated in front of something else

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