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forward

adjective

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2 being at or in the forward part or surface of something
  • the ship's forward deck

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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

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forward

adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms of forward (Entry 2 of 3)

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

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2 toward a point ahead in space or time
  • from this day forward, our two nations will live in peace and harmony

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forward

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of forward (Entry 3 of 3)

to help the growth or development of
  • their foundation will help forward better relations between young people from those warring nations

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Verb

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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The first known use of forward was before the 12th century

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“Forward.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/forward. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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