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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

Beverage director Paul McGee brings his booze knowledge and geekiness to the fore, stocking his bar with rare and vintage spirits. Antonio Basada, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Bars in Chicago," 1 Mar. 2018 Prada has also come back to the fore, thanks to the very current nostalgia for the ’90s—and what was more evocative than that era-defining industrial-minimalist nylon that Miuccia Prada was so constantly inventive with? Mark Holgate, Vogue, "’90s-Era Prada Nylon, Investment Blazers, and the Blanket You Share With Your Bed: What We Bought in 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 In priming France to compete in a globalized economy, Mr. Macron had stepped to fore as a champion of the world order that emerged in the decades following World War II. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "France’s Macron, Astride the Globe, Overlooked Swelling Anger at Home," 7 Dec. 2018 Volume/Speed: 525 cfm/60 mph Clearing leaves is a torque-intensive job and the power (work per unit time) of a gas engine comes to the fore. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "We Test the Very Best Leaf Blowers You Can Buy," 5 Nov. 2018 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

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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

Adverb and Preposition

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

Adjective and Noun



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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