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forward

adjective

Thesaurus: forward Synonyms, forward Antonyms

  1. 1 showing a lack of proper social reserve or modesty a stranger so forward as to ask what medication he was taking and what it was for Synonyms bold, familiar, presumptuous, free, immodest, overfamiliar, presumingRelated Words arrogant, bumptious, complacent, conceited, egoistic (also egoistical), egomaniacal, egotistic (or egotistical), highfalutin (also hifalutin), high-and-mighty, high-hat, hoity-toity, important, overweening, pompous, prideful, proud, self-asserting, self-assertive, self-complacent, self-conceited, self-important, self-satisfied, smug, uppity, vain, vainglorious; cavalier, disdainful, haughty, lordly, pretentious, snobbish, stuck-up, supercilious, superior; audacious, bold-faced, brash, brassbound, brassy, brazen, cheeky, cocky, fresh, impertinent, impudent, insolent, overbold, pert, sassy, saucy; confident, self-assured, self-confident, sure; boastful, braggart, bragging; domineering, high-handed, imperious; self-absorbed, self-centered, self-concerned, self-engrossed, self-infatuated, self-interested, self-involved, selfish, self-obsessed, self-seekingNear Antonyms demure, down-to-earth, humble, lowly, meek, unassertive, unpretentious; bashful, mousy (or mousey), retiring, shy, timid, timorous; diffident, self-doubtingAntonyms modest, unassuming

  2. 2 being at or in the forward part or surface of something the ship's forward deck Synonyms anterior, fore, front, frontal, frontward (or frontwards)Related Words ventralNear Antonyms dorsalAntonyms aft, after, hind, hinder, hindmost, posterior, rear, rearward

  3. 3 being far along in development the local citizenry's attitude toward racial equality was very forward for its time Synonyms developed, evolved, advanced, high, higher, improved, late, progressive, refinedRelated Words precocious; full-blown, full-fledged, full-scale; aged, grown, mature, matured, perfected, ripe, ripened; civilized, educated, enhanced, enlightened; contemporary, current, cutting-edge, latest, leading-edge, mod, modern, new, newest, newfangled, new-fashioned, novel, now, present-day, recent, space-age, supermodern, ultramodern, up-to-dateNear Antonyms green, immature, underdeveloped, undersized (also undersize), underweight, unripe, unripened; savage, uncivilized, uneducated; early, embryonic, germinal, primeval, primordial; antediluvian, antiquated, antique, dated, fusty, hoary, musty, Neanderthal (or Neandertal), obsolete, old, oldfangled, old-fashioned, old-time, out-of-date, outworn, passé, pastAntonyms backward, low, lower, nonprogressive, primitive, retarded, rude, rudimentary, undeveloped

  4. 4 having or showing awareness of and preparation for the future she was forward enough to start investing in her retirement fund at the age of 18 Synonyms farseeing, farsighted, forehanded, foreseeing, forethoughtful, foresighted, forward-looking, prescient, proactive, provident, visionaryRelated Words careful, cautious, heedful; discerning, insightful, perceptive, percipient, prudent, sagacious, sage, sapient, wiseNear Antonyms careless, heedless, incautiousAntonyms half-baked, half-cocked, improvident, myopic, shortsighted


forward

adverb

Synonyms and Antonyms of forward

  1. 1 toward or at a point lying in advance in space or time if you keep walking forward, you'll hit that wall 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)

  2. 2 toward a point ahead in space or time from this day forward, our two nations will live in peace and harmony Synonyms ahead, forth, onward, onNear Antonyms backward (or backwards)


forward

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of forward

  1. to help the growth or development of their foundation will help forward better relations between young people from those warring nations Synonyms advance, cultivate, encourage, foster, further, incubate, nourish, nurse, nurture, promoteRelated Words advocate, back, champion, endorse (also indorse), support, uphold; endow, finance, fund, patronize, stake, subsidize, underwrite; abet, aid, assist; advertise, boost, plug, publicize, tout; agitate (for), campaign (for), work (for)Near Antonyms ban, bar, enjoin, forbid, interdict, outlaw, prevent, prohibit, proscribe; battle, combat, contend (with), counter, fight, oppose; repress, snuff (out), squash, squelch, stifle, subdue, suppress; arrest, check, halt, retard; encumber, fetter, hobble, impede, interfere (with), manacle, obstruct, shackleAntonyms discourage, frustrate, hinder, inhibit


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