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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, forward, 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

Pete’s troubling Instagram was the culmination of a series of celebrity posts about mental health that day, including a back-and-forth between Kanye West and Ariana Grande, Pete’s ex-fiancée. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Pete Davidson's Instagram Post About Mental Health Is a Reminder Not to Harass Celebs Online," 17 Dec. 2018 The current state of play in the UK To recap, May introduced a Brexit proposal last week after months of back-and-forth with EU leaders. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The many unpredictable outcomes of Brexit, explained," 21 Nov. 2018 After months of intense rumors and back-and-forth promises, Spice Girls fans finally got word that the iconic band really is getting back together for one more epic world tour. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "The Spice Girls Apparently 'Forgot' to Invite Victoria Beckham on Their Reunion Tour," 11 Nov. 2018 The Twitter back-and-forth comes a few months following Ginger's return to GMA after being on maternity leave. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Good Morning America' Star Ginger Zee Defends Her Choice to Head to Hurricane Storm Zone," 11 Sep. 2018 Over the years, the sound he’s put forth has changed, found nuance, and simmered down from raw sawtooth waves and thick kick drums. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s In Your Bag, R3hab?," 5 Oct. 2018 If Pacers put forth an better season and get beyond the first round of the playoffs, Pritchard will be in a better position to pull it off. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Despite slow trade market, Pacers shake up roster while keeping options open for 2019," 6 July 2018 The judge also seemed to be sympathetic to the argument put forth by attorneys representing the Governor's Office during a Tuesday hearing that text messages sent using Confide that were automatically deleted can't retained by the Governor's Office. Jason Hancock, kansascity, "Lawyer says screenshot proves Greitens’ staff used Confide for public business," 19 June 2018 Most states do, according to the report, and various bills put forth in recent years that would liberalize Wisconsin's law — mostly failed — have included this idea. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's criminal expungement rules keep needed workers out of jobs, study says," 6 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

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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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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