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

fore

adjective

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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Oregon's Republican gubernatorial primary race is heating up, and key issues are moving to the fore. Taylor Penley, Fox News, 10 May 2022 Fragrances are to the fore, led by the Bombshell franchise, claimed to be the number one fragrance in America. Kevin Rozario, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Hobley’s led Ok Cupid to be the only dating app that encourages users to bring their social and political views to the fore. Seth Matlins, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 But Kay Slay was credited with helping to bring them back to the fore, and became a favorite of rappers in part because of his willingness to embrace a diss song, no matter how ruthless. Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2022 But the preppy as signifier, as advertising icon, as the image of who everyone wanted to be didn’t come to the fore until the 1980s. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 17 Apr. 2022 April 16—April 30: The full Moon happens in your birth sign on the 16th, bringing strong emotions to the fore. Katharine Merlin, Town & Country, 16 Apr. 2022 Bold’s 23-knot speed comes to the fore in areas like the Riviera, where bucket-list destinations, like Portofino and Monaco are 200 to 300 miles apart. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 8 Apr. 2022 Designed in 1927, the bow sweater arrived into a fashion landscape increasingly focused on serving the needs of sleek and dynamic modern women, which brought knitwear to the fore. Vogue, 29 Mar. 2022 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 11 July 2017 Up and down the hydraulic arms went; fore and aft tipped the bucket. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, 23 Apr. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The news brought to the fore familiar insecurities from the start of the pandemic. New York Times, 16 Dec. 2021 The company is selling off a facilities business, with a pool of bidders that has brought to the fore French officials’ preference for selling to French owners. Kristen Bellstrom, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2021 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, 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, 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, 25 June 2018 A unique fen and about half the site is now forest preserve land. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, 27 June 2017 See More

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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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More Definitions for fore

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.

fore

adjective

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

fore

interjection

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

fore

adjective
\ 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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