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fore

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[fawr, fohr]
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adjective
  1. situated at or toward the front, as compared with something else.
  2. first in place, time, order, rank, etc.; forward; earlier.
  3. Nautical.
    1. of or relating to a foremast.
    2. noting a sail, yard, boom, etc., or any rigging belonging to a fore lower mast or to some upper mast of a foremast.
    3. noting any stay running aft and upward to the head of a fore lower mast or to some specified upper mast of a foremast: fore topmast stay.
    4. situated at or toward the bow of a vessel; forward.
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adverb
  1. Nautical. at or toward the bow.
  2. forward.
  3. Obsolete. before.
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noun
  1. the forepart of anything; front.
  2. the fore, Nautical. the foremast.
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preposition, conjunction
  1. Also 'fore. Informal. before.
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Idioms
  1. fore and aft, Nautical. in, at, or to both ends of a ship.
  2. to the fore,
    1. into a conspicuous place or position; to or at the front.
    2. at hand; ready; available.
    3. still alive.
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Origin of fore

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by construal of fore- as an adj., hence nominalized; fore and aft perhaps as translation of Dutch or Low German; sense “before” (defs 6, 9) perhaps continuation of Middle English, Old English fore in this sense, or as aphetic form of afore
Can be confusedfor fore four

fore

2
[fawr, fohr]
interjection Golf.
  1. (used as a cry of warning to persons on a course who are in danger of being struck by the ball.)
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Origin of fore

2
First recorded in 1875–80; probably aphetic variant of before

fore-

  1. a prefix meaning “before” (in space, time, condition, etc.), “front,” “superior,” etc.: forehead; forecastle; forecast; foretell; foreman.
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Origin of fore-

combining form representing Middle English, Old English for(e)
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Related Words for fore

forward, ante, ahead, before, beforehand, near, previous, antecedently, nearest

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British Dictionary definitions for fore

fore

1
adjective
  1. (usually in combination) located at, in, or towards the frontthe forelegs of a horse
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noun
  1. the front part
  2. something located at, in, or towards the front
  3. short for foremast
  4. fore and aft located at or directed towards both ends of a vessela fore-and-aft rig
  5. to the fore
    1. to or into the front or conspicuous position
    2. Scot and Irishalive or activeis your grandfather still to the fore?
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adverb
  1. at or towards a ship's bow
  2. obsolete before
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preposition, conjunction
  1. a less common word for before
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Word Origin for fore

Old English; related to Old Saxon, Old High German fora, Gothic faura, Greek para, Sanskrit pura

fore

2
interjection
  1. (in golf) a warning shout made by a player about to make a shot
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Word Origin for fore

C19: probably short for before

fore-

prefix
  1. before in time or rankforesight; forefather; foreman
  2. at or near the front; before in placeforehead; forecourt
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Word Origin for fore-

Old English, from fore (adv)
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Word Origin and History for fore

adv.

Old English fore (prep.) "before, in front of;" (adv.) "before, previously," common Germanic (cf. Old High German fora, Old Frisian fara, German vor, Gothic faiura, Old Norse fyrr "for"); from PIE *pr-, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per).

As a noun, from 1630s. The warning cry in golf is first recorded 1878, probably a contraction of before.

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adj.

mid-15c., "forward;" late 15c., "former, earlier;" early 16c., "at the front;" all senses apparently from fore- compounds, which frequently were written as two words in Middle English.

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fore-

from fore (adv.), which was used as a prefix in Old English and other Germanic languages with a sense of "before in time, rank, position," etc., or designating the front part or earliest time.

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Idioms and Phrases with fore

fore

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  • fore and aft

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  • to the fore
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