forth

adverb
\ ˈfȯrth How to pronounce forth (audio) \

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

forth

preposition

Definition of forth (Entry 2 of 3)

archaic
: forth from : out of

Forth

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

ahead, forward, on, onward (also onwards)

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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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The back-and-forth could also imperil the NAFTA revamp, which Trump pressured Mexico and Canada to agree to last year. Jill Colvin, Time, "Trump Sees Progress in Mexico Talks But 'Not Nearly Enough' to Halt Tariffs," 7 June 2019 The back-and-forth could also imperil the NAFTA revamp, which Trump pressured Mexico and Canada to agree to last year. Jill Colvin, Washington Post, "Trump says no deal yet with Mexico to halt 5% tariff plan," 6 June 2019 The back-and-forth dominated the final days of the New Hampshire primary, which Mr. Trump handily won. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Democratic Candidates Go After Joe Biden, but Not by Name," 6 June 2019 The Warriors’ back-and-forth with rapper and Raptors superfan Drake continued after Toronto’s 123-109 Game 3 win. Michael Nowels, The Mercury News, "Injured Klay Thompson gets trolled by Drake after Raptors win Game 3," 5 June 2019 At the previous hearing on May 21, the bizarre back-and-forth came as a surprise at an otherwise routine status hearing for a case with national-security implications. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Mar-a-Lago intruder from China may get her wish — to fire attorneys, defend herself," 4 June 2019 Last week, things became even more confusing when, after a few days of back-and-forth videos, Charles and Westbrook both tweeted apologies in hopes of putting their public feud to rest. Tess Garcia, Allure, "James Charles Canceled His Nationwide "Sisters Tour"," 26 May 2019 Last week, things became even more confusing when, after a few days of back-and-forth videos, Tati and James each tweeted apologies in hopes of putting their public feud to rest. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "James Charles Cancelled His Nationwide "Sisters Tour"," 25 May 2019 The back-and-forth between continents meant that while classmates came and went, her parents were the constant. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Aurora Perrineau Wanted to Be Known as an Actor. Instead, Her Name Got Dragged Into Scandal," 21 May 2019

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First Known Use of forth

Adverb

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

Preposition

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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forth

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of forth

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

forth

adverb
\ ˈfȯrth How to pronounce forth (audio) \

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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