situated at or toward the front, as compared with something else.
previous; earlier: cities that existed in a fore time.
of or relating to a foremast.
noting a sail, yard, boom, etc., or any rigging belonging to a fore lower mast or to some upper mast of a foremast.
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.
situated at or toward the bow of a vessel; forward.
Nautical. at or toward the bow.
the forepart of anything; front.
the fore, Nautical. the foremast.
Also 'fore .Informal. before.
Idioms about fore
Other definitions for fore (2 of 3)
(used as a cry of warning to persons on a course who are in danger of being struck by the ball.)
Other definitions for fore- (3 of 3)
a prefix meaning “before” (in space, time, condition, etc.), “front,” “superior,” etc.: forehead; forecastle; forecast; foretell; foreman.
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How to use fore in a sentence
Since then, the rising gap between the rich and middle- and lower-income families has risen to the fore.
In talking to experts in the field, only a few women immediately came to the fore.
Usually, though, old-fashioned Liberalism is very much at the fore in Puck.
The fore and aft have beautiful decks carved into them, and windows from various rooms too: it looks like a floating Apple device.The World's Most Beautiful Boat—Yours for Half a Billion Dollars | Tim Teeman | October 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But this is the sort of mentality that comes to the fore in a bubble.
His drill-like nose, his powerful fore-legs and big, strong feet all served to make him the fastest digger in Pleasant Valley.The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
If we hustle right smart we can get a pen done 'fore dark, let alone gettin' them cattle into a shed.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
With what honest pride did John Smith, the best farmer of them all, step to the fore and assign to each man his place!Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
With his head between his fore-paws and one eye closed, he watches the tiny tongue of flame licking up the last coal.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
The pustule on the fore finger shews the disease in an earlier stage.An Inquiry into the Causes and Effects of the Variolae Vaccinae | Edward Jenner
British Dictionary definitions for fore (1 of 3)
(usually in combination) located at, in, or towards the front: the forelegs of a horse
the front part
something located at, in, or towards the front
short for foremast
fore and aft located at or directed towards both ends of a vessel: a fore-and-aft rig
to the fore
to or into the front or conspicuous position
Scot and Irish alive or active: is your grandfather still to the fore?
at or towards a ship's bow
a less common word for before
British Dictionary definitions for fore (2 of 3)
(in golf) a warning shout made by a player about to make a shot
British Dictionary definitions for fore- (3 of 3)
before in time or rank: foresight; forefather; foreman
at or near the front; before in place: forehead; forecourt
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Other Idioms and Phrases with fore
In addition to the idioms beginning with fore
- fore and aft
- to the fore
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