fore

noun
\ ˈfȯr How to pronounce fore (audio) \

Definition of fore

 (Entry 1 of 6)

: something that occupies a front position
to the fore
: in or into a position of prominence : forward

fore

adverb

Definition of fore (Entry 2 of 6)

1 : in, toward, or near the front : forward The plane's exits are located fore and aft.
2 obsolete : at an earlier time or period

Definition of fore (Entry 3 of 6)

1 : situated in front of something else : forward
2 : prior in order of occurrence : former
variants: or less commonly 'fore

Definition of fore (Entry 4 of 6)

1 : in the presence of
2 chiefly dialectal : before

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: Adjective

Synonyms: Preposition

Antonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Preposition

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Examples of fore in a Sentence

Adverb The plane's exits are located fore and aft. Adjective the fore and aft cabins cats have five fore toes but only four hind toes Preposition 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ron Sellers, who was serving as the Assistant Patrol Bureau Commander, joined the Birmingham fore 24 years ago. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith promotes 11 to higher ranks," 9 Dec. 2020 About 60,000 children who have requested devices from the city fore remote learning have not received them, and others are still struggling to connect to Wi-Fi. Eliza Shapiro, New York Times, "When New York City Schools Reopen, About 700,000 Students Won’t Be There," 20 Nov. 2020 More recently, these last few weeks have brought to the fore swirling questions about presidential succession and the 25th Amendment as Covid-19 sidelined entire ranks of US government leaders. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, "Donald Trump Is Attacking the Very Core of America," 1 Nov. 2020 These strategies live on, with women participating in the fore as seen in the EndSARS movement both as organizers but also with plenty of female representation on the ground in a society known for its patriarchal attitudes. Shayera Dark, Quartz Africa, "Female leadership in Nigeria’s EndSARS movement helped it grow, then gave it staying power," 11 Oct. 2020 But a particular theme of our escalating anxieties comes to the fore with Blumstein’s book in hand: the fear of belonging to nature. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, "Why We’re Afraid of Bats," 5 Oct. 2020 Whenever the Noor One appears about to fade from national headlines, the story seems to will its way back into the fore. Alexander Clapp, The New Republic, "The Vampire Ship," 28 Sep. 2020 It was imaginatively designed by the Dutch graphic artist Irma Boom to evoke Gray’s aesthetic, right down to the three-tone grisaille fore-edges in homage to her geometric rug patterns, and is now the indispensable reference work on the subject. Martin Filler, The New York Review of Books, "Eileen Gray’s Infinite Possibilities," 8 Sep. 2020 The project includes $80 million fore public infrastructure such as road and bridge improvements, and $5 million for Oceanside Unified School District. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Judge dismisses developer’s suit against Oceanside referendum proponents," 21 Aug. 2020 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, SI.com, "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 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, SI.com, "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 His popularity brings to the fore generational and class fissures, and the shortcomings of an economic model that has brought growth but few jobs. The Economist, "Uganda’s violent election has exposed divisions of age and class," 16 Jan. 2021 The Covid-19 crisis has left millions of people feeling insecure over their personal finances, bringing to the fore questions around where to live, how to work, what to study and how to prepare for the future. Pratish Narayanan, Bloomberg.com, "Welcome to Bloomberg Wealth: A Letter From the Editor," 1 Oct. 2020 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

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First Known Use of fore

Noun

1637, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Interjection

circa 1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fore

Adverb and Preposition

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

Adjective and Noun

fore-

Interjection

probably short for before

Combining form

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

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Time Traveler for fore

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The first known use of fore was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Fore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fore. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for fore

fore

adverb

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)

fore

adverb
\ ˈfȯr How to pronounce fore (audio) \

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

fore

noun

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

fore-

prefix

Kids Definition of fore-

1 : earlier : beforehand foresee
2 : at the front : in front foreleg
3 : front part of something specified forearm
\ ˈfō(ə)r, ˈfȯ(ə)r How to pronounce fore (audio) \

Medical Definition of fore

: situated in front of something else

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