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 One thing coming to the fore are supply chain logistics. Ed Silverman, STAT, "The first round of Covid-19 vaccines is ‘highly unlikely to be a magic bullet,’ Medicago CEO says," 9 July 2020 This past month’s national dialogue on racial equality has brought many painful truths to the fore. Suzanne P. Clark, Fortune, "4 ways to close America’s huge racial ‘opportunity gap’," 9 July 2020 Potential policy solutions are finally floating to the fore. Casey Michel, The New Republic, "The Left’s Deafening Silence on China’s Ethnic Cleansing," 7 July 2020 History will always be haunted by the shadows of what might have been; this moment, though, brings the ghosts to the fore. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Americans Are Living in an Alternate History," 6 July 2020 Associates are competitive however, and some ethical or legal issues may come to the fore. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 4 July 2020 Browning upgraded the gun in 2020—it’s only offered in 10-gauge—with a composite stock, Inflex recoil pad, and textured grips on the fore-end and stock. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "9 of the Most Underrated Semiautomatic Shotguns of All Time," 30 June 2020 The shuttering of theatres has emphasized the process of reclamation—and, paradoxically, has thrust one aspect of public viewing to the fore, namely, repertory houses. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Do Movies Still Need Multiplexes?," 24 June 2020 Deluxe Turkish-grade walnut with fine 26 line-per-inch checkering adorn the stock and fore-end. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Best Shotguns: 7 Great 28 Gauges for Upland Hunting," 15 June 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 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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The first known use of fore was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fore.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fore. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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