What does forward mean?

Definitions for forward
ˈfɔr wərdfor·ward

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word forward.

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"

Wikipedia

  1. Forward

    Forward is a relative direction, the opposite of backward.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Forward(noun)

    an agreement; a covenant; a promise

    Etymology: [OE., fr. AS. foreweard; fore before + weard a ward. See Ward, n.]

  2. Forward(adverb)

    alt. of Forwards

    Etymology: [OE., fr. AS. foreweard; fore before + weard a ward. See Ward, n.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE., fr. AS. foreweard; fore before + weard a ward. See Ward, n.]

  4. Forward(adj)

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

    Etymology: [OE., fr. AS. foreweard; fore before + weard a ward. See Ward, n.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE., fr. AS. foreweard; fore before + weard a ward. See Ward, n.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE., fr. AS. foreweard; fore before + weard a ward. See Ward, n.]

  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

    Etymology: [OE., fr. AS. foreweard; fore before + weard a ward. See Ward, n.]

  8. Forward(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE., fr. AS. foreweard; fore before + weard a ward. See Ward, n.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Forward

    for′ward, adj. near or at the forepart: in advance of something else: ready: too ready: presumptuous: officious: earnest: early ripe.—v.t. to help on, to quicken: to send on.—advs. For′ward, For′wards, towards what is before or in front: onward: progressively.—ns. For′warder; For′warding, the act of sending forward merchandise, &c., for others.—adv. For′wardly.—n. For′wardness. [A.S. foreweardfore, and -weard, sig. direction. Forwards—M. E. forwardes—was orig. the gen. form (cf. Ger. vorwärts).]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. forward

    In the fore-part of the ship; the same as afore. Also, the word of command when troops are to resume their march after a temporary interruption.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. forward

    A word of command given when troops are to resume their march after a temporary interruption.

Editors Contribution

  1. forward

    An intuitive and known position.

    They moved forward towards their wedding day with love, happiness and unity.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 26, 2020  
  2. forward

    To the future.

    Moving forward we are solving this.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  

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

How to pronounce forward?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Indian

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of forward in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of forward in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of forward in a Sentence

  1. Packers CEO Mark Murphy:

    This is an issue that we have been working on for several months. Brian Gutekunst, Matt LaFleur and I have flown out on a number of occasions to meet with Aaron. We are very much aware of Aaron's concerns and have been working with him (and his agent Dave Dunn) to resolve them. We remain committed to Aaron in 2021 and beyond. He is not only a tremendously talented player, but has developed into a true leader for us. The relationship that Aaron has forged with Matt and the other offensive coaches has propelled us to the brink of the Super Bowl in two straight years. We look forward to competing for another Super Bowl championship with Aaron as our leader.

  2. Sebastian Coe:

    There has been a lot of effort and time taken to understand the technology which will be transferable but this has given us an opportunity to do a lot of work through our medical teams around the management of heat, those findings will probably be more applicable and more profound for us going forward to Tokyo than they will be here.

  3. Michael Breus:

    Most people actually have a harder time adjusting when we ‘spring forward,’ because we’re losing an hour of sleep.

  4. Margaret Fairless Barber:

    To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward.

  5. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders:

    We look forward on Tuesday to doing very well, there will be a contested convention. … Super delegates can and have changed their candidate choice in the past.

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Translations for forward

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  • voor, voort, vorentoe, voorwaarts, aanstuur, verder, verwag, voorspelAfrikaans
  • إلى الأمامArabic
  • перасла́ць, перасыла́цьBelarusian
  • занапред, нападател, преден, крило, препращам, напред, нататък, нахаленBulgarian
  • atacant, davanter, ala, alerCatalan, Valencian
  • útočník, přední, přeposlat, dopředu, vpředCzech
  • [[ab]] [[diesem]] [[Tag]], vorn, Bug, nachsenden, vorne, ab, weiterleiten, vorwärts, vorlaut, vorderGerman
  • προάγω, εμπρός, προπετής, μπροστά, προωθώ, εμπρόσθιος, επιθετικός, αυθάδης, μπροστινόςGreek
  • impertinenta, antaŭaEsperanto
  • adelante, remitir, avanteSpanish
  • جلوPersian
  • keula, odotettu, lähtien, kokka, uskallettu, uskalias, etinen, eteenpäin, etummainen, etu-, hyökkääjä, välittää, ennustettu, tulevaFinnish
  • en avant, à partir de, avant, cavalier, osé, à partir d'[[aujourd'hui]], [[aller]] [[en]] [[avant]], avancer, ForwardFrench
  • urrúsach, ar aghaidhIrish
  • הלאה, קדימהHebrew
  • अग्रसरित करना, आगे की ओर, अगला, सामने, भेजना, भविष्य, आगे को चलता करना, आगे, अग्रस्थHindi
  • előre, továbbít, ezután, csatár, kezdve, fogva, továbbHungarian
  • հարձակվող, առաջArmenian
  • meneruskanIndonesian
  • inoltrare, trasmettere, avantiItalian
  • קדימהHebrew
  • 送る, 後, 届ける, 転送, 前方, 前, 回送, 渡す, フォワード, 送り渡すJapanese
  • 앞으로Korean
  • whakamua, whakametometoMāori
  • videresendeNorwegian
  • doorsturenDutch
  • vidaresendeNorwegian Nynorsk
  • baug, framover, framtidig, spiss, direkte, fremre, forward, heretterNorwegian
  • napastnik, do przoduPolish
  • esperado, futuro, [[para]] [[frente]], atrevido, proa, frontal, atacante, repassar, dianteiro, adiante, fronteiro, avante, em diante, frentePortuguese
  • înainteRomanian
  • нахальный, дерзкий, передовой, пересылать, далее, дальше, нападающий, переправить, нос, вперёд, впредь, форвард, переправлять, передний, переслать, развязныйRussian
  • послати, unapred, prenijeti, naprijed, напред, poslati, напријед, prednji, napred, проследити, отпослати, proslediti, пренијети, otposlati, предњиSerbo-Croatian
  • útočníkSlovak
  • främre, hädanefter, vidarebefodra, framtida, påflugen, framåt, anfallare, framåt-Swedish
  • imuaTonga (Tonga Islands)
  • sevk etmek, yollamak, ileriye, müstakbel, olası, öne, ileri, ön, göndermekTurkish
  • آگےUrdu
  • gởi tiếp, gửi tiếp, tiếp, đầuVietnamese
  • 向前Chinese

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