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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
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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, along, forward, forwards, on, onward (also onwards)

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Examples of forth in a Sentence


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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In the end, Lewis (20-5 MMA, 11-3 UFC) won a unanimous decision, mainly by offering at least some offense, which was enough to edge out Ngannou (11-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who put forth almost none. Ben Fowlkes, USA TODAY, "Derrick Lewis beats Francis Ngannou in surprising heavyweight snooze-fest at UFC 226," 8 July 2018 Her birthplace now being named a National Treasure is confirmation that no effort put forth, with true authenticity, goes unnoticed. Michelle Darrisaw,, "Finally! Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Is Now Declared A ‘National Treasure’," 19 June 2018 Tim Draper, according to Fox News, is the latest to put forth the ballot question that would divide California into: California, consisting of six counties including Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Could California split into three states? First step clears hurdle," 13 June 2018 So this is an example of, this is the hardware that Qualcomm puts forth, right? Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Talkin’ Treble: How Android engineers are winning the war on fragmentation," 8 June 2018 After Parkland, Trump put forth a school safety plan that advocated for various gun proposals including strengthening background checks, banning bump stocks and arming teachers. Tessa Berenson, Time, "Read President Trump's Remarks on the Texas School Shooting," 18 May 2018 If the Queen of the Hill strategy succeeds, the House would take up three immigration bills that are already in circulation, along with whatever measure the speaker decided to put forth. New York Times, "House Republicans, Defying Leaders, Move to Force Immigration Votes," 9 May 2018 As the game turned into a defensive struggle between Oklahoma and Arkansas, Williams put forth a complete performance. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Ricky Willliams ahead of Cotton Bowl HOF induction: Texas needs 'a superstar' | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 May 2018 The attacks made witnesses afraid to come forth, and the crimes initially went unsolved. Jeff Truesdell,, "4 Things You’ll Learn About the Murderous Nation of Yahweh on People Magazine Investigates: Cults," 22 June 2018

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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


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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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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