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 Simmering with rage over his dealings with the ex-Imperials, a party of Mandalorians enters the forge and examines the ingots, which bear the Empire’s insignia. Alex Kane, USA TODAY, "The Mandalorian recap: Chapter 3 'The Sin'," 22 Nov. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the women’s race, Pulles was perhaps even more dominant than Schumacher was in the men’s race, given her big margin of victory was forged in a much shorter race. Anchorage Daily News, "Gus Schumacher makes impressive showing at Government Peak ski races," 8 Dec. 2019 Three personal checks were forged between Nov. 4 and Nov. 20, according to a police report filed Nov. 20 in the 2700 block of Westchester Circle. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland police log multiple DWI arrests," 5 Dec. 2019 Legacies exist in the future, but they are forged in the here and now. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "Republicans Defending Trump on Impeachment Should Fear the Judgment of History," 2 Dec. 2019 Cleveland should follow suit, but only after a fair and sustainable environmentally conscious plan is forged. Phillip Morris, cleveland, "America must stop being a Turkey and suffocating itself with cheap plastic bags: Phillip Morris," 27 Nov. 2019 These collaborations have been forged through the years. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Martin Scorsese Urges Commitment to Art Over Algorithms: "It's All an Illusion"," 15 Nov. 2019 This aggressive style was forged in video-game sparring sessions. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "‘Two Westchester kids’: Eric Paschall, Donovan Mitchell face each other in NBA," 11 Nov. 2019 But some Republicans have said the ledger was forged. BostonGlobe.com, "“No,” Holmes replied. Nunes then asked the same question of the day’s other witness, Fiona Hill, a former White House Russia expert, and got the same response.," 23 Nov. 2019 Pearland officers recently documented numerous reports of checks being forged or stolen, according to a department release. Houston Chronicle, "Police: Thieves writing bad checks in Pearland," 21 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In order to improve Germany’s standing, Mann forged relations with other writers across the continent in the 1920s, during the period of the Weimar Republic. Elizabeth Powers, National Review, "Thomas Mann in America," 5 Dec. 2019 The pair forged a bond in August 2017, when the Patriots and Texans held joint practices at the Greenbrier in West Virginia. BostonGlobe.com, "Sunday night’s win over the Patriots wasn’t just another victory for Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.," 2 Dec. 2019 To avoid political crisis, Sairoon and Fatah forged a precarious union. Samya Kullab And Murtada Faraj, SFChronicle.com, "Protests rage in Iraq as political turmoil engulfs Baghdad," 1 Dec. 2019 The freshman has forged a reputation for late-game heroics. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Territorial Cup: Herm Edwards has Arizona State playing for top 25; Arizona's Kevin Sumlin on hot seat," 29 Nov. 2019 Honest even in her uncertainty, Emoni forges her own path. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian, "Smithsonian Scholars Pick Their Favorite Books of 2019," 28 Nov. 2019 But from the devastation, the tiny country forged a new goal: to become the world’s first climate-resilient nation, capable of prospering despite a new era of storms made worse by climate change. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "This Caribbean island is on track to become the world’s first 'hurricane-proof' country," 19 Nov. 2019 Qatar, however, has forged an alliance with the Islamic Republic of Iran, whose already tense relationship with the U.S. deteriorated further after President Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal. Fox News, "Qatar had prior knowledge of Iran attack on vessels, failed to tell allies: report," 17 Nov. 2019 Instead, the Corsair forges a uniquely American identity that stands apart from its many competitors. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "A stunning new compact SUV from Lincoln: the 2020 Lincoln Corsair (auto review)," 9 Nov. 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

27 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Forge.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forgeability?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=f&file=forge002. Accessed 13 December 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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