\ 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

Other Words from fork


forkful \ ˈfȯrk-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce fork (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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Whatever is around and is easy to eat without a fork. G. Daniela Galarza, Washington Post, 21 July 2022 The Hamilton Beach electric knife comes with a carving fork and a slim case that makes storage simple. Sarah Wharton, Good Housekeeping, 19 July 2022 The device is said to run on an iOS fork called realityOS. Chris Smith, BGR, 11 July 2022 In a medium saucepan, use a potato masher or fork to mash half of the berries. Christopher Kimball,, 5 July 2022 Body camera from officers at the May 4 shooting in Essex shows 39-year-old Ralph Picarello III holding a knife and carving fork, stepping quickly toward officers before one deploys a Taser and two shoot their firearms at him. Darcy Costello, Baltimore Sun, 30 June 2022 Next, take a fork or knife and poke holes in the top of the wood chips packet. Joe Difazio, USA TODAY, 30 June 2022 And with a 120-to-140-millimeter-travel fork, just about any green or blue trail becomes immediately accessible. John Watson, Outside Online, 18 June 2022 Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, then cover and let stand about 5 minutes. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 5 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb What's being touted as the next iteration of the internet promises to be big for buying and selling digital goods, but most users don't seem ready to fork over their cash just yet. Jason Cohen, PCMAG, 8 July 2022 The company evidently believes there’s a power-user subset of the 332 million-plus daily Snapchat users who will fork over four bucks each month to get early access to features not available to the hoi polloi. Todd Spangler, Variety, 29 June 2022 Businesses willing to fork over the money can still get security updates for Windows 7 until 2023, but Windows 7 is still running on 13 percent of all Windows PCs worldwide. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 24 June 2022 Would the Rockets be willing to fork over Wood for two mid-tier selections in the first round? Morten Jensen, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Buc-ee’s is such a popular travel destination that the city of Luling and Caldwell County will likely fork over millions of dollars to increase the local footprint of the chain. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 3 June 2022 Fort Lauderdale taxpayers might have to fork over an eye-popping chunk of change to cover the legal fees of five attorneys who spent seven years arguing that Fort Lauderdale’s homeless feeding ban was unconstitutional. Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel, 11 May 2022 Platforms like Instagram and TikTok may be forced to fork over up to $25,000 per violation under a bill that passed the state Assembly on Monday. Justin Raystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2022 Do Kwon's plan to hard fork the Terra blockchain to revive the ecosystem from the recent crash of its algorithmic stablecoin TerraUSD barely found any backing in a preliminary poll. Omkar Godbole, Forbes, 18 May 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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