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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

Who managed to bring forth, upon that unworthy scaffold, a tale about the state of the nation, about the place of the black peoples within that nation, and his own place within both. Zadie Smith, The New Yorker, "Stormzy at Glastonbury: King Michael Wears His Crown," 2 July 2019 There have been four 1-0 results in the last five meetings (three won by the USA), while the two sides played to a back-and-forth 2-2 draw at the SheBelieves Cup this past March, a tournament ultimately won by the Lionesses. Avi Creditor,, "LIVE: USA, England Battle in Women's World Cup Semifinals," 2 July 2019 For all of his own extraordinary talent as a songwriter, Browne has never hesitated to bring forth the work of others. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "Jackson Browne Sings of AIDS-Era Compassion With 'A Human Touch' for Beacon Theatre Crowd in New York," 27 June 2019 Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit. Oliver Morton, WIRED, "The Beauty and Madness of Sending a Man to the Moon," 4 June 2019 As time has moved on, so has the particular crisis that brings forth the monster. Julian Ch Lee, Quartzy, "Godzilla is the perfect monster for our age of environmental destruction," 1 June 2019 The cases that led to the convictions of Sindika and Katumbi were brought forth by the Kabila regime to prevent them from returning to the country. Saleh Mwanamilongo, The Seattle Times, "Congo political exiles return as new leader brings reforms," 18 May 2019 In Meza’s case, the back-and-forth quickly multiplied on the way to more than 3,000 posts. David Wharton,, "Is this 70-year-old marathon runner from East L.A. a record setter or a cheater?," 21 June 2019 Spoiler alert: Magid’s back-and-forth with Zanco doesn’t work. Michael O'sullivan, Twin Cities, "A conceptual artist pops a brilliant (but ghoulish) question in ‘The Proposal’," 20 June 2019

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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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