adverb Also forwards (for defs 1, 2)
- a player stationed in advance of others on a team.
- Football.a lineman.
- Basketball.either of two players stationed in the forecourt.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of forward
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Examples from the Web for forward
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of forward
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
- of or relating to the future or favouring change; progressive
- (in combination)forward-looking
- an email that has been sent to one recipient and then forwarded to another
- (in American football) a lineman
Word Origin 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.
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.