Definitions for forwardˈfɔr wərd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

for•ward*ˈfɔr wərd(adv.)

  1. Ref: Also, forwards.

  2. toward or to what is in front or in advance:

    from this day forward; to step forward.

  3. into view or consideration; forth:

    brought forward a good suggestion.

  4. (adj.)directed toward a point in advance:

    a forward motion.

  5. being in a condition of advancement.

  6. ready; eager.

  7. presumptuous; bold.

  8. situated in the front:

    the forward part of the ship.

  9. of or for the future:

    a forward price.

    Category: Business

  10. lying ahead:

    the forward path.

  11. radical or extreme.

  12. (n.)a player stationed in advance of others on a team. either of two basketball players stationed in the forecourt.

    Category: Sport

  13. (v.t.)to send onward; transmit, esp. to a new address:

    to forward a letter.

  14. to help onward; promote:

    forwarding one's career.

  15. to cause to advance.

* Syn: See bold.

Origin of forward:

bef. 900; ME; OE for(e)weard


Princeton's WordNet

  1. forward(noun)

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

  2. forward(adj)

    a position on a basketball, soccer, or hockey team

  3. forward(adj)

    at or near or directed toward the front

    "the forward section of the aircraft"; "a forward plunge down the stairs"; "forward motion"

  4. forward(adj)

    used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty

    "a forward child badly in need of discipline"

  5. forward(adj)

    of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle

    "in a forward gear"

  6. advancing, forward, forward-moving(verb)

    moving forward

  7. forward, send on(adverb)

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

    "forward my mail"

  8. forward, forwards, frontward, frontwards, forrad, forrard(adverb)

    at or to or toward the front

    "he faced forward"; "step forward"; "she practiced sewing backward as well as frontward on her new sewing machine"; (`forrad' and `forrard' are dialectal variations)

  9. forth, forward, onward(adverb)

    forward in time or order or degree

    "from that time forth"; "from the sixth century onward"

  10. ahead, forward(adverb)

    toward the future; forward in time

    "I like to look ahead in imagination to what the future may bring"; "I look forward to seeing you"

  11. ahead, onward, onwards, forward, forwards, forrader(adverb)

    in a forward direction

    "go ahead"; "the train moved ahead slowly"; "the boat lurched ahead"; "moved onward into the forest"; "they went slowly forward in the mud"

  12. fore, forward(adverb)

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

    "the captain went fore (or forward) to check the instruments"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. forward(adverb)ˈfɔr wərd

    in a direction in front of you

    Walk forward three steps.

  2. forwardˈfɔr wərd

    near the front of sth

    Let's move farther forward.

  3. forwardˈfɔr wərd

    toward the future

    We should look forward instead of worrying about the past.

  4. forwardˈfɔr wərd

    toward a better situation or state

    a step forward in the fight against terrorism

  5. forward(adjective)ˈfɔr wərd

    relating to the future

    forward planning

  6. forwardˈfɔr wərd

    toward a direction in front of you

    forward motion

  7. forwardˈfɔr wərd

    too confident, or too friendly

    Was it too forward of me to ask if I could stay?

  8. forward(verb)ˈfɔr wərd

    to send an email or letter you have received to sb else

    I'll forward the email to you.; I'll forward you his reply.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forward(noun)

    an agreement; a covenant; a promise

  2. Forward(adverb)

    alt. of Forwards

  3. Forward(adj)

    near, or at the fore part; in advance of something else; as, the forward gun in a ship, or the forward ship in a fleet

  4. Forward(adj)

    ready; prompt; strongly inclined; in an ill sense, overready; to hasty

  5. Forward(adj)

    ardent; eager; earnest; in an ill sense, less reserved or modest than is proper; bold; confident; as, the boy is too forward for his years

  6. Forward(adj)

    advanced beyond the usual degree; advanced for season; as, the grass is forward, or forward for the season; we have a forward spring

  7. Forward(verb)

    to help onward; to advance; to promote; to accelerate; to quicken; to hasten; as, to forward the growth of a plant; to forward one in improvement

  8. Forward(verb)

    to send forward; to send toward the place of destination; to transmit; as, to forward a letter


  1. Forward

    Forwards, also known as strikers, are the players on a team in association football who play nearest to the opposing team's goal, and are therefore principally responsible for scoring goals. This very advanced position and its limited defensive responsibilities mean forwards normally score more goals than other players. This position requires intelligence, speed, and power, both of execution and of thought, to perform the role well. Modern team formations usually include one to three forwards; two is the most common. Coaches typically field one striker who plays in an advanced position, and another attacking forward who plays somewhat deeper and assists in making goals as well as scoring. Inside forwards develop from attacking midfield positions and hence are naturally midfielders. FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi is a typical Attacking Midfielder seen as a forward due to his shot accuracy.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'forward' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #769

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'forward' in Written Corpus Frequency: #574

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'forward' in Adverbs Frequency: #84

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'forward' in Adjectives Frequency: #947

Anagrams of forward

  1. Froward

Translations for forward

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


moving on; advancing

a forward movement.

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