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

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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 The threat posed by rising seas to coastal cities and buildings has come to the fore in recent weeks following the collapse of an apartment block near Miami Beach, with some experts suggesting climate factors may have played a role. Carey L. Biron, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 July 2021 Germany is also in the midst of an election to replace Chancellor Angela Merkel and the floods are sure to force the conversation around climate change mitigation and adaptation to the fore. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 July 2021 China’s prominence in hacking first came to the fore in 2010 with attacks on Google and RSA, the security company, and again in 2013 with a hack of The New York Times. New York Times, 19 July 2021 Her memories of her parents’ old garage granny flat quickly came to the fore. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2021 With nuclear talks restarting following U.S. President Joe Biden's inauguration this year, these differences have come to the fore. Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 Socioeconomic concerns have come to the fore in recent years of this contest, regarding who is able to afford the contest and the preparation to get themselves there. Shalini Shankar, CNN, 8 July 2021 The priority that came to the fore was alleviating homelessness for transgender and gender nonconforming New Orleanians, giving birth to House of Tulip. Raquel Willis, Vogue, 8 July 2021 The matter of Black college professors — and tenure — came to the fore this spring when Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones’ tenure at the University of North Carolina’s school of journalism was controversially delayed. NBC News, 6 July 2021 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 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

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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

English Language Learners Definition of fore

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

fore

adjective

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

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

fore-

combining form

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.

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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