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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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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Josh the sound tech is running back and forth between the stage and the mixing console. Longreads, "Tennis vs. Tennis," 13 July 2018 Trump escalates feud with London’s Mayor In The Sun interview, Trump blasted London Mayor Sadiq Khan for being weak on terrorism and crime — the latest in a long-running back and forth between the pair. Dan Stewart, Time, "The 3 Big Takeaways from Donald Trump's Controversial Interview with The Sun," 13 July 2018 And before that, the flying disc was just a pie tin thrown back and forth between employees at Frisbie's Pies in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Madeline Mitchell,, "Ultimate Frisbee is likely to fly into the 2024 or 2028 Olympic Games. You can see the world's top players here in Greater Cincinnati," 12 July 2018 Moveable Tracks The printer rolls back and forth along 10-inch-wide tracks, which are repositioned as the home rises. Andrea Powell, WIRED, "How to 3-D Print an Entire House in a Single Day," 11 July 2018 Vallée uses fragments of memories, dreamlike sequences, and trigger points to hint at her history, flashing back and forth through time. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Twisted, Enthralling Rot of Sharp Objects," 7 July 2018 In 1859, French acrobat Charles Blondin walked back and forth on a tightrope above the gorge of Niagara Falls as thousands of spectators watched., "This day in history," 29 June 2018 Most of the rounds require grabbing parts of a component from a set-upstation, running back and forth to the other side of the table and assembling it correctly in the fastest time. Lisa Maria Garza,, "Orange County repair technician installs water heater in 8 seconds, wins 'Maintenance Mania' competition," 22 June 2018 The movie doesn’t simply cut back and forth between interview and scripted re-enactment. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Movies are blurring fact and fiction on purpose. What does that do to the audience?," 30 May 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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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