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forward

adjective for·ward \ ˈfȯr-wərd also ˈfō- or ˈfȯ- , Southern also ˈfär- \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of forward

1 a : near, being at, or belonging to the forepart
  • the forward section of the main deck
b : situated in advance
  • Baggage is carried in the forward cars of the train.
2 a : strongly inclined : ready
  • always forward to criticize his neighbors
b : lacking modesty or reserve : brash
  • Poorly disciplined children are often distressingly forward.
3 : notably advanced or developed : precocious
  • The child is very forward at walking.
4 : moving, tending, or leading toward a position in front
  • checked the forward movement of the dog
; also : moving toward an opponent's goal
5 a : advocating an advanced policy in the direction of what is considered progress
  • a firm forward policy
b : extreme, radical
  • on the forward fringe of conservatism
6 : of, relating to, or getting ready for the future
  • forward buying of produce

forwardly

adverb

forwardness

noun

Examples of forward in a Sentence

  1. the forward deck of a boat

  2. the forward movement of history

  3. a very forward young woman

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Origin and Etymology of forward

Middle English, from Old English foreweard, from fore- + -weard -ward


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forward

adverb

Definition of forward

: to or toward what is ahead or in front
  • from that time forward
  • moved slowly forward

Examples of forward in a Sentence

  1. Her long hair fell forward as she bent to tie her shoes.

  2. He pushed the throttle forward.

  3. She took a small step forward.

  4. The narrative moves backward and forward in time.

  5. The technology has taken a big step forward.

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Origin and Etymology of forward

forward Synonyms

Synonyms
ahead, forth, along, forwards, on, onward (also onwards)
Related Words
before, fore, frontward (or frontwards)
Near Antonyms
back, backward (or backwards), behind, rearward (also rearwards)

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forward

verb

Definition of forward

transitive verb
1 : to help onward : promote
  • forwarded his friend's career
2 a : to send forward : transmit
  • will forward the goods on receipt of your check
b : to send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit
  • forward mail

Examples of forward in a Sentence

  1. Your letter will be forwarded to the appropriate department.

  2. Please forward my mail to my new address.

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Origin and Etymology of forward

Synonym Discussion of forward

advance, promote, forward, further mean to help (someone or something) to move ahead. advance stresses effective assisting in hastening a process or bringing about a desired end.
    • advance the cause of peace
promote suggests an encouraging or fostering and may denote an increase in status or rank.
    • a campaign to promote better health
forward implies an impetus forcing something ahead.
    • a wage increase would forward productivity
further suggests a removing of obstacles in the way of a desired advance.
    • used the marriage to further his career

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forward

noun

Definition of forward

: a player who plays at the front the team's formation near the opponent's goal
  • a forward in hockey

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FORWARD Defined for English Language Learners

forward

adjective

Definition of forward for English Language Learners

  • : near or belonging to the front part of something

  • : moving or directed ahead or toward the front

  • : moving toward the future or toward a more advanced state or condition


forward

adverb

Definition of forward for English Language Learners

  • : toward the front : to or toward what is ahead or in front

  • : toward the future

  • : to or toward a more advanced state or condition


forward

verb

Definition of forward for English Language Learners

  • : to send (something you have received, such as a letter) to someone else

  • : to send (something that has arrived, such as a letter) to another place

  • : to help (something) make progress or continue to a more advanced state


forward

noun

Definition of forward for English Language Learners

  • sports : a player who plays near the opponent's goal


FORWARD Defined for Kids

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forward

adjective for·ward \ ˈfȯr-wərd \

Definition of forward for Students

1 : near, at, or belonging to the front part
  • a ship's forward deck
2 : moving, tending, or leading to a position in front
  • He made a sudden forward movement.
3 : lacking proper modesty or reserve

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forward

adverb
variants: or forwards \ˈfȯr-wərdz\

Definition of forward for Students

: to or toward what is in front
  • Everyone moved forward.

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forward

verb

Definition of forward for Students

forwarded; forwarding
1 : to send on or ahead
  • forward a letter
2 : to help onward : advance
  • forward a cause

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forward

noun

Definition of forward for Students

: a player at or near the front of his or her team or near the opponent's goal

Law Dictionary

forward

noun for·ward

legal Definition of forward

: forward contract at contract


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