- toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward; ahead: to move forward; from this day forward; to look forward.
- toward the front: Let's move forward so we can hear better.
- into view or consideration; out; forth: He brought forward several good suggestions.
- toward the bow or front of a vessel or aircraft.
- ahead(defs 4, 5).
- directed toward a point in advance; moving ahead; onward: a forward motion.
- being in a condition of advancement; well-advanced: It was quite forward in the season when we finished our planting.
- ready, prompt, or eager.
- presumptuous, impertinent, or bold: a rude, forward child.
- situated in the front or forepart: the forward part of the ship.
- of or relating to the future; for the future or forward delivery: forward buying; a forward price.
- lying ahead or to the front: Take the forward path.
- radical or extreme, as persons or opinions: the forward trend in certain liberal thought.
- standing out from others (sometimes used in combination):fashion-forward celebrities; an herb with a strong, forward flavor.
- a player stationed in advance of others on a team.
- Football.a lineman.
- Basketball.either of two players stationed in the forecourt.
- Finance. something bought, as a security, for future delivery.
- to send forward; transmit, especially to a new address: to forward a letter.
- to advance or help onward; promote: The training will help to forward your career.
- to advance or play a cassette, digital recording, slide projector, etc., in the forward direction: Forward through the first few ballads to get to the dance tracks on this album.
Origin of forward
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Examples from the Web for forward
His speeches, which he wrote himself, were frequently brilliant, even if they too often pointed backward instead of forward.President Cuomo Would’ve Been a Lion
January 2, 2015
You would only see it for a second, but it would drive you forward.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art
January 2, 2015
“Lack of forward firing ordnance in a CAS supporting aircraft is a major handicap,” he added.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
They are creative, investing a lot, and are forward thinking.ISIS Has a Message. Do We?
December 8, 2014
With the rallying cries of these women propelling us forward, the time to move from rhetoric to reality is now.Are We Listening to Syria’s Women and Girls?
David Miliband, Melanne Verveer
September 26, 2014
We are like men in a subterranean cave, so chained that they can look only forward to the entrance.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
And jest when I was lookin' forward to luxury and palaces in England, and everything so grand!The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Mr Clayton was pushing me forward, and urging a dagger into my hand.
She drew him forward a little, and her hand touched his as she did so.Way of the Lawless
We learn nothing, we take no forward step, except as we are whipped to it by anguish.The Conquest of Fear
- directed or moving ahead
- lying or situated in or near the front part of something
- presumptuous, pert, or impudenta forward remark
- well developed or advanced, esp in physical, material, or intellectual growth or developmentforward ideas
- archaic (often postpositive) ready, eager, or willing
- of or relating to the future or favouring change; progressive
- (in combination)forward-looking
- finance realting to fulfilment at a future date
- NZ (of an animal) in good condition
- an email that has been sent to one recipient and then forwarded to another
- (in American football) a lineman
- an attacking player in any of various sports, such as soccer, hockey, or basketball
- a variant of forwards
- (ˈfɔːwəd, nautical history ˈfɒrəd) towards the front or bow of an aircraft or ship
- into prominence or a position of being subject to public scrutiny; out; forththe witness came forward
- to send forward or pass on to an ultimate destinationthe letter was forwarded from a previous address
- to advance, help, or promoteto forward one's career
- bookbinding to prepare (a book) for the finisher
Word Origin and History for forward
1590s, "to help push forward," from forward (adv.). Meaning "to send (a letter, etc.) on to another destination" is from 1757. Related: Forwarded; forwarding.
Old English, "the fore or front part" of something; see forward (adv.). The position in football so called since 1879.