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forward

adverb

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(Entry 1 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

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of forward (Entry 2 of 3)

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

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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Frequently Asked Questions About forward

How does the verb forward contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of forward are advance, further, and promote. While all these words mean "to help (someone or something) to move ahead," forward implies an impetus forcing something ahead.

a wage increase would forward productivity

Where would advance be a reasonable alternative to forward?

The words advance and forward are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, advance stresses effective assisting in hastening a process or bringing about a desired end.

advance the cause of peace

When is further a more appropriate choice than forward?

While the synonyms further and forward are close in meaning, further suggests a removing of obstacles in the way of a desired advance.

used the marriage to further his career

When could promote be used to replace forward?

While in some cases nearly identical to forward, promote suggests an encouraging or fostering and may denote an increase in status or rank.

a campaign to promote better health

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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 25 May. 2022.

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