Origin of forward

before 900; Middle English; Old English for(e)weard. See fore1, -ward

Related forms

Can be confused

foreword forward forwards froward

Synonym study

1. Forward, onward both indicate a direction toward the front or a movement in a frontward direction. Forward applies to any movement toward what is or is conceived to be the front or a goal: to face forward; to move forward in the aisles. Onward applies to any movement in continuance of a course: to march onward toward a goal. 9. See bold.
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British Dictionary definitions for forward

Derived Forms

forwardly, adverb

Word Origin for forward

Old English foreweard
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Idioms and Phrases with forward

forward


see backward and forward; carry forward; come forward; from this day forward; know like a book (backwards and forwards); look forward; put forward; put one's best foot forward; set forward.

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