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forge

noun \ ˈfȯrj \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of forge

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

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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.

Origin and Etymology of forge

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin fabrica, from fabr-, faber smith

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forge

verb

Definition of forge

forged; forging
transitive verb
1 a :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 3)

forgeability

play \ˌfȯr-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

forgeable

play \ˈfȯr-jə-bəl\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of forge

see 1forge


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forge

verb

Definition of forge

forged; forging
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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Origin and Etymology of forge

origin unknown


FORGE Defined for English Language Learners

forge

noun

Definition of forge for English Language Learners

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


FORGE Defined for Kids

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forge

verb \ ˈfȯrj \

Definition of forge for Students

forged; forging
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.

forger

noun

2

forge

noun

Definition of forge for Students

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

3

forge

verb

Definition of forge for Students

forged; forging
:to move forward slowly but steadily
  • We forged through the storm.

Medical Dictionary

forge

intransitive verb \ ˈfō(ə)rj, ˈfȯ(ə)rj \

medical Definition of forge

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

Law Dictionary

forge

verb

legal Definition of forge

forged; forging
transitive verb
:to make, alter, or imitate (as a writing) falsely with intent to defraud :counterfeit
intransitive verb
:to commit forgery

forger

noun


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