1 of 2


: onward in time, place, or order : forward
from that day forth
: out into notice or view
put forth leaves
lava bursting forth from the volcano
obsolete : away, abroad


2 of 2


: forth from : out of

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Like when the entire crowd of politicos and arts enthusiasts thrust their hands back and forth and swayed to a hip-hop medley honoring Latifah. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2023 One group had to sit in a room together for hours; the second group brainstormed alone; and the third went back and forth alternating with time together and time alone. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 4 Dec. 2023 Try easing up the pressure, then lightly roll back and forth over the muscle. Health Editorial Team, Health, 4 Dec. 2023 Stevenson and Devin — like Devin and many fighters of the moment — have gone back and forth about stepping in the ring. Tyler R. Tynes, Los Angeles Times, 3 Dec. 2023 By looking at the historical data on an ongoing basis on what is achieved - by carrier, by lane, by mode, by pick rate at a fulfillment location, by day of the week or season of the year, and so forth – the system can be autoconfigured to make accurate promises for earlier deliveries. Steve Banker, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 The - the - the Russian invasion has caused catastrophic effects that have dribbled all the way down through Africa, as was mentioned and so forth. CBS News, 26 Nov. 2023 Now, go forth and have fun with the best winter running gear for 2023. Laura Holt, Travel + Leisure, 16 Nov. 2023 The ball bounces back and forth so realistically, offering a safe and exciting indoor game experience that’s perfect for the whole family. Poppy Morgan, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023
Yeah, die-hard football fans might roll their eyes, but that relationship has made the NFL red hot this season—and there have been some great games to come from it as players seemingly put forth extra effort for the crowds. Bychris Morris, Fortune, 19 Nov. 2023 And despite two earlier DUI infractions, Emmer put forth bills to lessen penalties for drunk driving, which became fodder for opponents in later political campaigns. Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling, The New Republic, 24 Oct. 2023 Cushioned by cinematic, Western sonics, the song succinctly and hauntingly lays forth the story’s hazy details in classic country murder ballad fashion. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 23 Oct. 2023 From then through 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, Marvel put forth a dizzying array of interconnected movies, with the characters jumping in and out of one another’s flicks and occasionally crossing over en masse. Jack Butler, National Review, 14 Nov. 2023 On Saturday, Netanyahu began to outline Israel's postwar plans for Gaza, which contrast sharply with the vision put forth by the United States. Najib Jobain, TIME, 12 Nov. 2023 Heroes deemed solely by CNN to meet the requirements set forth herein may be presented online and on-air for public viewing and some may be subject to voting for the CNN Hero Award. CNN, 25 Oct. 2023 Johnson was the fourth speaker-designate put forth by the party this month after former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted in an unprecedented recall initiated by far-right Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz. Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 25 Oct. 2023 Then this summer, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas brought forth the Hotel Fees Transparency Act, which would require hotels and short-term rentals to display the full price, including fees, up front. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 11 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


Adverb and Preposition

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old English for

First Known Use


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


circa 1575, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forth was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Forth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: forward entry 2, onward
from that time forth
back and forth
: out into view
plants putting forth leaves

Geographical Definition


geographical name

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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