\ ˈfȯrk How to pronounce fork (audio) \

Definition of fork

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an implement with two or more prongs used especially for taking up (as in eating), pitching, or digging
2 : a forked part, tool, or piece of equipment
3a : a division into branches or the place where something divides into branches
4 : one of the branches into which something forks
5 : an attack by one chess piece (such as a knight) on two pieces simultaneously


forked; forking; forks

Definition of fork (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to divide into two or more branches where the road forks
2a : to use or work with a fork
b : to turn into a fork

transitive verb

1 : to give the form of a fork to forking her fingers
2 : to attack (two chessmen) simultaneously
3 : to raise, pitch, dig, or work with a fork fork hay
4 : pay, contribute used with over, out, or uphad to fork over $5000

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forkful \ ˈfȯrk-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce forkful (audio) \ noun


forker noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fork

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of fork in a Sentence

Noun a fork in the road the north fork of the river the front fork of a bicycle Verb The road forks to the north and south. They forked the hay into the loft.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One too many slices of carrot on the fork: another two points lost. The Economist, "Manners maketh district commissioners In the bureaucracies of Bangladesh and Pakistan, the Raj lives on," 20 June 2020 But the great urban buffet never wavered—the bustling bars, the 1 a.m. noodles and slices, the world at the end of your fork. Matt Goulding, The Atlantic, "Our Weird Restaurant Future," 19 June 2020 Add the salt and, using a fork or potato masher, mash until smooth. cleveland, "Try the real recipes for these famous restaurant foods," 15 June 2020 A few years ago, Raul and Ana Garcia turned a pokey little convenience store just past the fork of West Commerce and Enrique M. Barrera Parkway into a West Side go-to for cold beers with a hot twist. René A. Guzman,, "5 San Antonio convenience stores with surprisingly gourmet, international offerings like micheladas, craft beer, smoked brisket and Japanese snacks," 9 June 2020 Add 4 tablespoons olive oil and the red wine vinegar and mix with a fork or small whisk, until almost emulsified. Christian Reynoso,, "California squid is worth the work for this pasta recipe with basil and chiles," 5 June 2020 This Cuisinart grill set comes with all the essentials, like a sturdy metal spatula and grill tongs, plus higher-tech add-ons like a digital temperature fork with an LED light. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Grills for Outdoor Cooking This Summer," 4 June 2020 Set includes a two-pronged fork, basting brush, locking tongs, and a slotted turner. Mark Heim |, al, "Father’s Day deals offer savings on grills, accessories, meat," 3 June 2020 After hard work and success, the Haneys sold a home in 2018 and, walking out on the financial limb again, bought Westerlook Farm, a 46-acre estate, at the north fork of the Yamhill River in Carlton. oregonlive, "Short-term rentals stretch to a month and daily rates drop," 3 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Yet in that time, Apple has learned a neat trick: how to get roughly 1 billion iPhone owners to fork over money for a strategically expanding number of non-iPhone products and services. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "The iPhone Isn’t the Cash Cow It Once Was. Apple Isn’t Worried.," 20 June 2020 So why are so many of us willing to fork over cash for often unnecessary services? Brad Stulberg, Outside Online, "The Great Fitness Scam," 12 Feb. 2020 Madrid would most likely have to fork out between €80m and €100m for the former Real Betis man., "Real Madrid Make Contact With Fabian Ruiz Over Potential Transfer From Napoli," 6 Nov. 2019 And your siblings appear not to grasp that your ability to fork out money is more limited than theirs. New York Times, "I Go on Family Vacations With My Rich Siblings. Must I Pay the Same?," 20 Aug. 2019 Amman had only one cinema at the time, so their mother forked out for satellite TV. Sheila Marikar, 1843, "Arab millennials have a new favourite fashion brand," 7 May 2020 The aircraft, originally designed as a single seat air superiority fighter, forked into a two-seat fighter bomber in the late 1980s. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch the World's Most Advanced F-15 Execute an Amazing 'Viking Takeoff'," 21 Apr. 2020 Agrarianism forked into factory farming on the one hand or farm-to-table luxury on the other. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "There Are No Losers in the Animal Crossing Economy," 15 Apr. 2020 Prices remain high: early adopters must pay $129 for a controller and $10 a month for a subscription, and then fork out some more for individual games. The Economist, "Google launches its game-streaming platform," 21 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of fork


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


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for fork


Middle English forke, from Old English & Anglo-French; Old English forca & Anglo-French furke, from Latin furca

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The first known use of fork was before the 12th century

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23 Jun 2020

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“Fork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fork

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small tool with two or more pointed parts (called prongs or tines) used for picking up and eating food
: a garden tool with two or more prongs used for lifting and digging soil
: a place where something (such as a road or river) divides into two parts



English Language Learners Definition of fork (Entry 2 of 2)

of a road, river, etc. : to divide into two parts
informal : to pay or give (money)
: to lift or throw (something) with a fork


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Kids Definition of fork

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an implement having a handle and two or more prongs for taking up (as in eating), pitching, or digging
2 : a forked part or tool
3 : the place where something divides or branches a fork in the road
4 : one of the parts into which something divides or branches the left fork


forked; forking

Kids Definition of fork (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to divide into branches Drive to where the road forks.
2 : to pitch or lift with a fork


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Medical Definition of fork

1 : a forked part, tool, or piece of equipment — see tuning fork
2 : the lower part of the human body where the legs diverge from the trunk usually including the legs

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