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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

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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 The golden ratio is the metallic mean between 1 and 2, the silver ratio represents the metallic mean between 2 and 3, and so forth, all the way to the fermium ratio (between 100 and 101—I just used the matching chemical element) and beyond. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Golden Ratio Is Cool, but Could We Interest You in the Silver Ratio?," 30 Jan. 2020 Think in terms of a giant, radioactive junkyard, over and above the barrels and the containers and so forth., "Accused podcast, Season 3, Chapter 8: The nuclear wrap-up," 28 Jan. 2020 And all of a sudden someone can see what all the other units are doing, even though there'll still be fog of war and so forth. Richard C. Moss, Ars Technica, "How Warcraft III birthed a genre, changed a franchise, and earned a Reforge-ing," 27 Jan. 2020 Lebanese politicians have relied heavily on patrons for money and arms—Sunnis on the Saudis, Shiites on the Iranians and so forth. Benny Avni, WSJ, "Arab Protesters Turn Away From the Tribe and Toward Nationalism," 27 Jan. 2020 This was before the whole Fair Park First effort and decisions by the city and so forth. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Now, it’s an empty building in Fair Park, but it may become a long-awaited Museum of Texas Art," 23 Jan. 2020 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? Christian Wiman, Harper's magazine, "The Cancer Chair," 20 Jan. 2020 August, in a black sleeveless T-shirt, black jeans, and a studded belt and boots, summoned them forth as waiters served champagne, classical piano music played, and a breeze rustled the leaves. James Reginato, Town & Country, "Outrageous Fortune: Nats, August, and Gigi Gorgeous Getty Are Not Your Typical Old-Money Scions," 14 Jan. 2020 Borderlands 3, Metro Exodus, The Division 2, Control, and so forth—statistically some of those must’ve sold pretty poorly. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Epic's weekly free game giveaways will keep going throughout 2020," 14 Jan. 2020

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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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5 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Forth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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