forge

noun
\ ˈfȯrj How to pronounce forge (audio) \

Definition of forge

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a furnace or a shop with its furnace where metal is heated and wrought : smithy
2 : a workshop where wrought iron is produced or where iron is made malleable

forge

verb (1)
forged; forging

Definition of forge (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to form (something, such as metal) by heating and hammering forged pieces of iron into hooks
b : to form (metal) by a mechanical or hydraulic press with or without heat
2 : to make or imitate falsely especially with intent to defraud : counterfeit forge a document forge a signature
3 : to form or bring into being especially by an expenditure of effort working to forge party unity The two countries forged a strong alliance.

intransitive verb

1 : to work at a forge
2 : to commit forgery (see forgery sense 3)

forge

verb (2)
forged; forging

Definition of forge (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to move forward slowly and steadily the ship forged ahead through heavy seas
2 : to move with a sudden increase of speed and power forged into the lead forged ahead in marketing the product

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Other Words from forge

Verb (1)

forgeability \ ˌfȯr-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce forgeability (audio) \ noun
forgeable \ ˈfȯr-​jə-​bəl How to pronounce forgeable (audio) \ adjective

Are "forging ahead" and "forging a check" from the same forge?

There are many things you can do with the word forge in English. You can forge ahead (which, confusingly enough, can mean either "move slowly and steadily" or "move with a sudden increase of speed"), you can forge a check or a painting (make something fake), or you can forge a sword (make something real). The senses that relate to creating something (either real or fake) come from the same Latin word that gives us fabric, which is fabricare ("to fashion, construct"). We are not certain where the “movement” senses of forge come from, except insofar as we know that they are from a different origin than the “creation” senses of the word.

Examples of forge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This means that as the protests in Hong Kong forge on, Starbucks’ main concern may be to appease authorities in the Chinese government. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "Starbucks in Hong Kong: Caught in the Crossfire," 2 Oct. 2019 The tolerances were so fine that the forge in LA had to develop a new manufacturing method. The Economist, "The last of the great explorers," 6 Sep. 2019 The Chopin piece had its West Coast premiere at San Diego’s Old Globe more than a decade ago, helping forge connections to San Diego that have extended to Felder’s close ties with the Rep over the past few years. James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chopin gets a showcase as Hershey Felder returns to San Diego Rep with solo show about composer," 12 Sep. 2019 Described as the world's largest and most powerful hammer forge, Number 85 is still in operation at the plant, now owned by Allegheny Technologies Inc. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here are five cool things from the MSOE exhibition you might be surprised to learn were made in Milwaukee," 10 Sep. 2019 Most of the knives at Coutelier are from multigenerational master Japanese bladesmiths, including famed knifemakers Moritaka, Takeda, and Takamura, with whom the couple has cultivated close working relationships over years of forge visits. Buddy Kite, Bon Appétit, "Coutelier Is the Cutlery Shop of Our Dreams," 27 Aug. 2019 At the forge, blacksmiths heat and hammer iron for nails, while complex geometric calculations are done with a thirteen-knot rope and a stick in the dust. Kim Willsher, latimes.com, "A medieval castle in France could be Notre Dame's salvation," 6 June 2019 Stars are huge celestial bodies made mostly of hydrogen and helium that produce light and heat from the churning nuclear forges inside their cores. Catherine Zuckerman, National Geographic, "Everything you wanted to know about stars," 20 Mar. 2019 After repeating the process several times, the Chalybes pulled sturdy iron weapons from the forge. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Whiteside often hears from women who feel frustrated that deep bonds aren’t being forged quickly. Washington Post, "Making friends as an adult is hard. Would you pay $720 for help?," 8 Nov. 2019 Trade-offs between different pieces of physiology, even in domestic animals, will have been forged in the crucible of evolution and will generally be optimal, or close to it. The Economist, "Modern genetics will improve health and usher in “designer” children," 7 Nov. 2019 This is a chemistry that has been forged in the absences of both Waiters and Johnson, with the buy-in otherwise complete, including yet-to-play Jimmy Butler. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: What do the Heat do next with Waiters, Johnson?," 27 Oct. 2019 Because of the impressive dimensions of this temple of transparent spires, scientists have long ached to know how it was forged. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "These human-size crystals formed in especially strange ways," 22 Oct. 2019 Impeachment is a terrible power because it was forged to counter a terrible power: the despot who deems himself to be above the law. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "The Invention—and Reinvention—of Impeachment," 21 Oct. 2019 Patsy's work ethic was forged early on, something that certainly expedited her career. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Inside Patsy Cline's Rise to Fame Before Her Tragic Death at 30 Years Old," 19 Oct. 2019 All of them talked about the strong bonds and loyalty that was forged. Fox News, "Reporter's Notebook: In Syria, Fox News was embedded with Kurdish forces battling ISIS," 11 Oct. 2019 Checks from a Pearland resident’s bank account were forged on or before Sept. 15, according to a police report filed Sept. 24 in the 6800 block of Casey Court. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Student-on-student crime reported at Pearland ISD schools," 10 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Each time Boston forged ahead with a couple of baskets, the Knicks would respond. BostonGlobe.com, "It was one of those nights for Jayson Tatum, the Celtics third-year forward who is soaring toward a maximum contract next summer. Boston’s hopes for reaching the Eastern Conference Finals, to surpass last year’s disappointing finish, is for Tatum to take that next major step to prominence.," 2 Nov. 2019 Yet even as Israel's concert industry forges ahead, artists must brace for the backlash. David Caspi, Billboard, "Israeli Promoters Battle Boycotts: 'We Don't Sweep These Issues Under the Rug'," 1 Nov. 2019 That means the Lions will forge ahead with rookie Ty Johnson and journeymen J.D. McKissic, Tra Carson and Paul Perkins. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions forgo offensive upgrade via trade, will rely on this group instead," 29 Oct. 2019 Yet countries are forging ahead with the technology: Japan aims to have 200,000 hydrogen cars on its roads by 2025, served by 320 fueling stations. Anna Fletcher, CNN, "The UK company turning waste plastic into fuel for hydrogen cars," 14 Oct. 2019 Some voters expressed concerns about the Democrats forging ahead on impeachment. Sean Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Trump impeachment proceedings throw 2020 Democratic presidential campaigns abruptly off track," 2 Oct. 2019 Democrats are trying to forge ahead, multi-tasking on trade and budget talks while also preparing for impeachment. al, "Shelby: Trump impeachment proceedings could shut down government," 25 Sep. 2019 Having a plan in place will give you the incentive to forge ahead. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: Sept. 16, 2019," 16 Sep. 2019 Griffin emphasized however that the Pentagon was still forging ahead with research into lasers and microwave weapons, for use by ground forces, air forces, and in space. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Pentagon Is Giving Up on Particle Beam Weapons," 8 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of forge

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Verb (2)

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for forge

Noun

Middle English, "smith's workshop," borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Gallo-Romance *faurga, going back to Latin fabrica "process of making something, craft, workshop" — more at fabric

Verb (1)

Middle English forgen "to form, shape (metal by heat), invent, contrive, counterfeit," borrowed from Anglo-French forger, forgier, going back to Latin fabricāre, fabricārī "to fashion, shape, construct" — more at fabricate

Verb (2)

origin unknown

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Time Traveler for forge

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The first known use of forge was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

13 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Forge.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forge?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=forge001. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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More Definitions for forge

forge

noun
How to pronounce forge (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of forge

: a place where objects are made by heating and shaping metal

forge

verb
\ ˈfȯrj How to pronounce forge (audio) \
forged; forging

Kids Definition of forge

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to shape and work metal by heating and hammering
2 : to bring into existence forging friendships
3 : to produce something that is not genuine : counterfeit The check was forged.

Other Words from forge

forger noun

forge

noun

Kids Definition of forge (Entry 2 of 3)

: a place where objects are made by heating and shaping metal

forge

verb
forged; forging

Kids Definition of forge (Entry 3 of 3)

: to move forward slowly but steadily We forged through the storm.
\ ˈfō(ə)rj, ˈfȯ(ə)rj How to pronounce forge (audio) \
forged; forging

Medical Definition of forge

of a horse
: to make a clicking noise by overreaching so that a hind shoe hits a fore shoe

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forge

verb
forged; forging

Legal Definition of forge

transitive verb

: to make, alter, or imitate (as a writing) falsely with intent to defraud : counterfeit

intransitive verb

: to commit forgery

Other Words from forge

forger noun

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