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Definition of forth

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : onward in time, place, or order : forward from that day forth
2 : out into notice or view put forth leaves lava bursting forth from the volcano
3 obsolete : away, abroad



Definition of forth (Entry 2 of 3)

: forth from : out of


geographical name
\ ˈfȯrth How to pronounce Forth (audio) \

Definition of Forth (Entry 3 of 3)

river 116 miles (187 kilometers) long in south central Scotland flowing east into the Firth of Forth, an estuary 48 miles (77 kilometers) long that is an inlet of the North Sea

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Synonyms for forth

Synonyms: Adverb

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Examples of forth in a Sentence

Adverb a flow of lava bursting forth from the earth The snow is gone and the flowers are ready to spring forth. He went forth to spread the news. She stretched forth her hands in prayer.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb DualSense controller and advanced sound design and so forth. Erik Kain, Forbes, "5 Things You Really Need To Know About The KFC Console," 26 Feb. 2021 Google Search various symptoms, wastewater surveillance, and so forth. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "What’s driving Utah’s big coronavirus downturn: Is it vaccinations, behavior changes or something else?," 26 Feb. 2021 The group, which has documented the decade-long war, urged Syrian refugees in Europe to come forth with any evidence and documents to courts to help more such cases. Frank Jordans, The Christian Science Monitor, "Syrian victims of torture find justice in German court," 24 Feb. 2021 Right now, the rest of us are going to face forward and go forth, summoning up some positive energy by officially proclaiming this week the beginning of the holiday-drinking season. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Baby, it’s cold outside . . . So let’s stay in and drink cozy holiday cocktails," 27 Nov. 2020 Over the years, several candidates have come forth, all known only by their fossilized remains. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "World’s Oldest Scorpions May Have Moved From Sea to Land 437 Million Years Ago," 16 Jan. 2020 Predators often avoid the stinky, pretend carcasses, Collins said, allowing the possum to go forth and forage another day. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer,, "Close possum encounters: Freeloading, chicken thievery, playing dead until dead," 23 Dec. 2020 At times, it became heated, with occasional bouts of shouting, and Meadows and Cipollone strongly opposed some of the ideas being put forth, according to the New York Times. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Sidney Powell accuses White House officials of blocking her access to Trump," 22 Dec. 2020 The idea of Tokyo waiting a decade seems unlikely, given the cost of maintaining venues, negotiating new leases, and so forth. Stephen Wade,, "Amid cancellation talk, Tokyo Olympics ‘focused on hosting’," 21 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of forth


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


circa 1575, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for forth

Adverb and Preposition

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old English for

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

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3 Mar 2021

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“Forth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of forth

: out into notice or view
: onward or forward in time or place


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Kids Definition of forth

1 : onward in time, place, or order from that time forth
2 : out into view Soon the beech trees had put forth their delicate, transparent leaves.— C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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