\ 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 Roast 20 to 25 minutes, until the carrots are fork-tender. Washington Post, "Harissa-Roasted Carrot and Bean Dip," 10 May 2020 Roast the parsnips, gently stirring every 10 minutes, until fork-tender and starting to brown, about 30 minutes. Janelle Bitker,, "Oakland chef Bryant Terry brings international flair to vegan recipes," 5 May 2020 Continue braising the short ribs until fork-tender, about 45 minutes more., "Recipe: Braised Short Ribs," 13 Apr. 2020 Cook until chicken is fork-tender and cooked through, 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes. Erika Dugan And Kate Merker, Country Living, "White Wine Coq Au Vin," 5 Apr. 2020 Then add potatoes and let simmer until potatoes are fork tender, which usually takes about 20 minutes. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Everything is crazy. This is the soup I always make when times get tough," 15 Mar. 2020 Let simmer another 30 to 60 minutes or until meat is fork-tender and vegetables are cooked through but not mushy. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s the perfect time to make corned beef and cabbage," 13 Mar. 2020 Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 2½ to 3 hours or until meat is fork-tender. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Corned beef: Here's what you need to know and three ways to cook it," 8 Mar. 2020 The company’s signature appetizer plate is grooved on one side to hold a fork, and its bottom fits snugly over the top of a cocktail glass, so guests can keep a hand free without spilling. Karen Stabiner, New York Times, "For the State-of-the-Art Wedding Feast, ‘Look Is Everything’," 18 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Globally, television broadcasters, and to a lesser degree, online streamers, fork out fully 26 percent of their total content spend on sports rights, according to a report published Wednesday by Ampere Analysis. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sports Rights Now Make Up 26 Percent of Global Content Spend," 16 Oct. 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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30 May 2020

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“Fork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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


\ 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


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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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