fore

adverb
\ ˈfȯr How to pronounce fore (audio) \

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.
\ ˈfȯr How to pronounce fore (audio) \
variants: or less commonly 'fore

Definition of fore (Entry 2 of 6)

1 chiefly dialectal : before
2 : in the presence of

fore

adjective

Definition of fore (Entry 3 of 6)

1 : situated in front of something else : forward
2 : prior in order of occurrence : former

fore

noun

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

Adverb

The plane's exits are located fore and aft.

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

Adjective

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, 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Like pho, bun bo Hue’s broth has a beef base, but the flavor of lemongrass leaps to the fore. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Go to Hue Gourmet for Vietnamese cuisine you can't find anywhere else in metro Phoenix," 10 July 2019 Among others riders ready to surge to the fore, Van Aert is certainly the most promising. Samuel Petrequin, baltimoresun.com, "Cycling's new generation ready to deliver at Tour de France," 5 July 2019 Now that issue seems to be coming to the fore anyway, piling more pressure on Lam and starting new headaches for her bosses in Beijing. James Griffiths, CNN, "Hong Kong protesters clash with police as summer of discontent continues," 1 July 2019 Yet certain aspects of Biden’s political persona fit uncomfortably with a changing Democratic Party, and those problems came to the fore last week. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Where the Democratic race stands before the first debate," 27 June 2019 The earlier, more radical work came back to the fore. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Can Modern Dance Be Preserved?," 24 June 2019 To that end, a new generation of gang leaders has come to the fore. Nicole Santa Cruz, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Nipsey Hussle’s death unified Crips and Bloods in grief. Now, peace talks carry on his call," 23 June 2019 But as the decades went by, the veneer of normalcy began to fade as the sacrifices of my mother and our family in the Philippines came to the fore. Angeli Gabriel, National Geographic, "My mother's journey as an overseas Filipino worker," 10 May 2019 The issue might seem remote, amid the constant political conniptions that increasingly characterize the American news cycle, but an economic and military frontier on the moon and cislunar space is rapidly coming to the fore. Jack H. Burke, National Review, "China’s New Wealth-Creation Scheme: Mining the Moon," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of fore

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1637, in the meaning defined above

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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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

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

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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