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adjective for·ward \ˈfȯr-wərd, also ˈfō- or ˈfȯ-, Southern also ˈfär-\

Definition of forward

  1. 1a :  near, being at, or belonging to the forepart the forward section of the main deckb :  situated in advance Baggage is carried in the forward cars of the train.

  2. 2a :  strongly inclined :  ready always forward to criticize his neighborsb :  lacking modesty or reserve :  brash Poorly disciplined children are often distressingly forward.

  3. 3 :  notably advanced or developed :  precocious The child is very forward at walking.

  4. 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. 5a :  advocating an advanced policy in the direction of what is considered progress a firm forward policyb :  extreme, radical on the forward fringe of conservatism

  6. 6 :  of, relating to, or getting ready for the future forward buying of produce

forwardly

adverb

forwardness

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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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adverb for·ward

Definition of forward

  1. :  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.

Origin and Etymology of forward

see 1forward


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forward

verb for·ward

Definition of forward

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to help onward :  promote forwarded his friend's career

  3. 2a :  to send forward :  transmit will forward the goods on receipt of your checkb :  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

see 1forward

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 for·ward

Definition of forward

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

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Origin and Etymology of forward

see 1forward


FORWARD Defined for English Language Learners

forward

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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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adjective for·ward \ˈfȯr-wərd\

Definition of forward for Students

  1. 1 :  near, at, or belonging to the front part a ship's forward deck

  2. 2 :  moving, tending, or leading to a position in front He made a sudden forward movement.

  3. 3 :  lacking proper modesty or reserve


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adverb for·ward \ˈfȯr-wərdz\
variants: or

forwards

\ˈfȯr-wərdz\

Definition of forward for Students

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


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verb for·ward

Definition of forward for Students

forwarded

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forwarding

  1. 1 :  to send on or ahead forward a letter

  2. 2 :  to help onward :  advance forward a cause


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noun for·ward

Definition of forward for Students

  1. :  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

  1. :  forward contract at contract



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