\ 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 up had to fork over $5000

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Other Words from fork


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


forker noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fork

Synonyms: Verb

branch (out), diverge, divide, part, separate, spread

Antonyms: Verb

converge, join

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Examples of fork in a Sentence


a fork in the road the north fork of the river the front fork of a bicycle


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

Cut in cold butter with a pastry blender or fork until coarse crumbs form. Kate Merker, Country Living, "Ham Biscuit Sandwiches With Apricot Mustard," 18 Mar. 2019 Alas, my passion for the creamy chicken crepe far exceeded that for the forks. Alex Witchel, Town & Country, "The Best Department Stores Are All Opening Restaurants," 25 Feb. 2019 For the next step, just slide your photo onto the nail, guided by the fork—and voilà. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "If You’re Having Trouble Hanging Photos on Your Wall, You Need This Fork Hack," 19 Feb. 2019 Last week, the Bitcoin Cash community experienced a second hard fork. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Bitcoin and Ethereum fall to lows not seen since 2017," 19 Nov. 2018 Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook until the sweet potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen Is Cooking Some of Her Favorite Recipes on Instagram," 18 Dec. 2018 Fluff chilled rice with a fork, breaking up clumps. Sunset, "Fried Rice with Flowers," 22 Jan. 2018 Illustration: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg News Food companies are investing in farm-to-fork sensors that trace each step in the supply chain. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Today’s Logistics Report: Freight’s Bigger Value; Choppy Container Waters; Tracking Food Supplies," 22 Feb. 2019 In a small pot, use a fork to combine sugar and 2 tablespoons water to form wet sand. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Churros with Chocolate-Caramel Sauce," 2 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Early Riders One question for the success of Waymo One is whether Early Riders will be willing to start forking over money for the service. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Riding in Waymo One, the Google spinoff’s first self-driving taxi service," 5 Dec. 2018 Another on the site is trying to get a buyer to fork over a whopping $507,000. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Hold On, Is the Princess Diana Beanie Baby Really Worth Six Figures?," 3 Nov. 2018 If there is a charge and that other person will be driving, this is the time to fork over the extra money just to be safe. Catharine Hamm,, "What you need to know about your driver's license and your car rental before you hit the road," 21 May 2018 Even with pay, interns will still be forced to fork over much of the $10,000 required for a summer internship, a sum that isn’t in the cards for many. Audrey Henson, Vox, "Diversity on Capitol Hill starts with paying interns," 26 Dec. 2018 Ringside tickets to Wrestlemania can cost more than $700, and fans who want to sit front row at an upcoming NJPW show in San Francisco will need to fork over $300. Brandon Howard,, "7 things to know about 'All In' – the huge indie wrestling show coming to the Chicago area," 12 May 2018 Now, a lot of people in Hollywood are going to fork out millions in the midterms, obviously, with the hope to win both houses and impeach. Fox News, "Psychologist says Americans are suffering from 'Trump Anxiety Disorder'," 31 July 2018 And for those who don't want to fork out $99 per ticket, per day, not to mention a four-hour drive from Orange County — no worries. Joe Haakenson,, "Riding artificial waves in the middle of farm country," 4 May 2018 Calling off the SkyBridge deal means HNA won’t have to fork out cash for the stake at a time when the conglomerate’s finances have been tight. Rob Copeland, WSJ, "HNA Scuttles Deal for Scaramucci’s SkyBridge," 30 Apr. 2018

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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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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


\ ˈfȯrk How to pronounce fork (audio) \

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


\ ˈfȯ(ə)rk How to pronounce fork (audio) \

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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