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Meaning of forward by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms


    • ( US ) IPA: [ˈfɔɹ.wɝd]
    • ( UK ) IPA: [ˈfɔː.wɜd]
    • Homophone: foreword
    • Hyphenation: for‧ward

    Etymology 1

    From Middle English, from Old English foreweard ( “condition, bargain, agreement, contract, treaty, assurance” ), equivalent to fore- +‎ ward ( “ward, keeping” ). Cognate with Scots forward ( “covenant, compact” ), Dutch voorwaarde ( “condition, terms, proviso, stipulation” ). More at fore-, ward .


    forward ( plural: forwards )

    1. ( dialectal or obsolete ) Agreement; covenant .

    Etymology 2

    From Middle English foreward, from Old English foreweard ( “forward, inclined to the front, fore, early, former” ), from Proto-Germanic *fura- ( “fore-” ), *warþaz ( “turned” ), equivalent to fore +‎ -ward. Cognate with Dutch voorwaarts ( “forward” ), German vorwärts ( “forward” ) .


    forward ( comparative more forward, superlative most forward )

    1. Toward the front or at the front .
      The fire was confined to the forward portion of the store .
    2. Without customary restraint
      I thought his suggestion that we move in together was rather forward .
      1999: "Would you think it forward of me to kiss you?" asked Tristran. — Neil Gaiman, Stardust, pg. 44 ( 2001 Perennial paperback edition ) .
    3. ( finance ) Expected in the future .
      The stock price is currently 12 times forward earnings .
    Usage notes


    forward ( comparative further forward, superlative furthest forward )

    1. Towards the front or from the front .
      The bus driver told everyone standing up to move forward .
    2. In the usual direction of travel .
      After spending an hour stuck in the mud, we could once again move forward .
    3. Into the future .
      From this day forward, there will be no more brussels sprouts at the cafeteria .
    Derived terms


    forward ( plural: forwards )

    1. ( rugby ) one of the eight players whose primary task is to maintain possession of the ball ( compare back )
    2. ( soccer ) A player on a team in football ( soccer ) in the row nearest to the opposing team's goal, who are therefore principally responsible for scoring goals .
    3. ( ice hockey ) An umbrella term for a centre or winger in ice hockey .
    4. ( basketball ) The small forward or power forward position; two frontcourt positions that are taller than guards but shorter than centers .
    5. ( nautical ) The front part of a vessel .
    6. ( Internet ) An e-mail message that is forwarded to another recipient or recipients; an electronic chain letter.
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Explanation of forward by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit

    2. forward my mail
    1. in a forward direction

    2. they went slowly forward in the mud
    3. at or to or toward the front

    4. he faced forward
      step forward
    5. toward the future

    6. I look forward to seeing you
    7. forward in time or order or degree

    8. near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane

    9. the captain went fore ( or forward ) to check the instruments
    1. at or near or directed toward the front

    2. the forward section of the aircraft
      a forward plunge down the stairs
      forward motion
    3. of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle

    4. in a forward gear
    5. used of temperament or behavior

    6. a forward child badly in need of discipline
    7. moving forward

    1. a position on a basketball, soccer, or hockey team

    2. the person who plays the position of forward in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey