1 of 2


: onward in time, place, or order : forward
from that day forth
: out into notice or view
put forth leaves
lava bursting forth from the volcano
obsolete : away, abroad


2 of 2


: forth from : out of

Examples of forth in a Sentence

Adverb a flow of lava bursting forth from the earth The snow is gone and the flowers are ready to spring forth. He went forth to spread the news. She stretched forth her hands in prayer.
Recent Examples on the Web
Al-Hadid’s inventions seem to burst forth from another world, one of her own meticulous creation. Grace Edquist, Vogue, 10 Nov. 2023 Women in puffer jackets with cartons of milk went back and forth between the shrine and the edge of the hill, casting their offerings of milk into the air. Aatish Taseer, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 The third group had to go back and forth alternating time with the group and time alone. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, 6 Nov. 2023 Will picks up a trophy, looking back and forth between the figure and Angela, as if searching for a resemblance. Clare Sestanovich, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023 Both billionaires went back and forth on social media following online discussion about their competing apps. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 4 Nov. 2023 And our team has gone back and forth trying to find a way to walk that line because (a) that line is not clearly defined, and (b) people have different interpretations of that line. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 1 Nov. 2023 Asawa played with looping lines, broken lines, zigzag lines and the short, clustered lines of crosshatching and shading, and ideas just seemed to pour forth. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2023 Soon the bird was running back and forth across the paper, leaving colorful tracks in exchange for treats, Smith said. Cathy Free, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2023
From then through 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, Marvel put forth a dizzying array of interconnected movies, with the characters jumping in and out of one another’s flicks and occasionally crossing over en masse. Jack Butler, National Review, 14 Nov. 2023 On Saturday, Netanyahu began to outline Israel's postwar plans for Gaza, which contrast sharply with the vision put forth by the United States. Najib Jobain, TIME, 12 Nov. 2023 Heroes deemed solely by CNN to meet the requirements set forth herein may be presented online and on-air for public viewing and some may be subject to voting for the CNN Hero Award. CNN, 25 Oct. 2023 Johnson was the fourth speaker-designate put forth by the party this month after former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was ousted in an unprecedented recall initiated by far-right Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz. Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 25 Oct. 2023 Then this summer, Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas brought forth the Hotel Fees Transparency Act, which would require hotels and short-term rentals to display the full price, including fees, up front. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 11 Oct. 2023 The collection is the latest installment of Fendi's 'Friends of Fendi' initiative, bringing forth a diverse series of projects and collections instigated by Kim Jones and Silvia Venturini Fendi. Concetta Ciarlo, Vogue, 26 Oct. 2023 Our goal is to establish this as recurring festival, consistently showcasing live bands and bringing forth music that has always created defining cultural shifts. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 25 Oct. 2023 Even under a new, stricter test for gun laws set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court last year, the jurists found, the state is likely to win its appeal. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


Adverb and Preposition

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old English for

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1575, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forth was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Forth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: forward entry 2, onward
from that time forth
back and forth
: out into view
plants putting forth leaves

Geographical Definition


geographical name

river 116 miles (187 kilometers) long in south central Scotland flowing east into the Firth of Forth, an estuary 48 miles (77 kilometers) long that is an inlet of the North Sea

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