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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

His charismatic personality and two successful escapes brought him to the fore of media attention. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Time of True Crime," 26 Apr. 2019 The issue came to a fore last month in Portland, Ore., when an Echo recorded a couple’s conversation and emailed the audio to an acquaintance in Seattle. Benny Evangelista, San Francisco Chronicle, "Alexa and other smart speakers may endanger privacy rights," 11 June 2018 This morning, when an unsuspecting editor walked in with a brand spankin' new iPhone 6, the dispute really came to a fore. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "The Great Instagram Debate: A Side-By-Side Comparison of the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S5," 19 Sep. 2014 That Chinese challenge has suddenly come to the fore because one giant has leapt the divide between the parallel universes. Josh Chin, WSJ, "The Internet, Divided Between the U.S. and China, Has Become a Battleground," 9 Feb. 2019 And so, when the possibility of a Kith x Estée Lauder collaboration first came to the fore, Fieg immediately saw it as an opportunity to pay tribute to Lauder's boundary-breaking legacy. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This New Kith x Estée Lauder Dopp Kit Is Bound to Become a Street Style Statement," 8 Mar. 2019 One of those changes has been brought to the fore in an alarming study published in the journal Biological Conservation, which claims that more than 40 percent of the world’s insect species could go extinct in the next three decades. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "The Staggering Worldwide Decline of Insects Is a Warning of Ecosystem Collapse," 13 Feb. 2019 But rising to the fore was a related dispute over curbing Customs and Immigration Enforcement, or ICE, the federal agency that Republicans see as an emblem of tough immigration policies and Democrats accuse of often going too far. Jonathan Lemire, The Seattle Times, "As clock ticks, new hurdle emerges in border security talks," 10 Feb. 2019 The next one to really step to the fore with his singing chops? Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Jeremy Renner is about to become your kid's favorite singing Avenger (yes, really)," 14 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


\ 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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a strong desire or propensity

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