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1 [fawrj, fohrj]
verb (used with object), forged, forging.
to form by heating and hammering; beat into shape.
to form or make, especially by concentrated effort: to forge a friendship through mutual trust.
to imitate (handwriting, a signature, etc.) fraudulently; fabricate a forgery.
verb (used without object), forged, forging.
to commit forgery.
to work at a forge.
(of a horse at a trot) to strike the forefeet with the shoes of the hind feet.
a special fireplace, hearth, or furnace in which metal is heated before shaping.
the workshop of a blacksmith; smithy.

1250–1300; Middle English forgen < Old French forgier < Latin fabricāre to fabricate; see fabric

forgeable, adjective
forger, noun
reforgeable, adjective
unforgeable, adjective

2. shape, fabricate, manufacture, fashion, mold.


2 [fawrj, fohrj]
verb (used without object), forged, forging.
to move ahead slowly; progress steadily: to forge through dense underbrush.
to move ahead with increased speed and effectiveness (usually followed by ahead ): to forge ahead and finish the work in a burst of energy.

1605–15; origin uncertain

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forge1 (fɔːdʒ)
1.  a place in which metal is worked by heating and hammering; smithy
2.  a hearth or furnace used for heating metal
3.  a machine used to shape metals by hammering
4.  (tr) to shape (metal) by heating and hammering
5.  (tr) to form, shape, make, or fashion (objects, articles, etc)
6.  (tr) to invent or devise (an agreement, understanding, etc)
7.  to make or produce a fraudulent imitation of (a signature, banknote, etc) or to commit forgery
[C14: from Old French forgier to construct, from Latin fabricāre, from faber craftsman]

forge2 (fɔːdʒ)
1.  to move at a steady and persevering pace
2.  to increase speed; spurt
[C17: of unknown origin]

forging (ˈfɔːdʒɪŋ)
1.  the process of producing a metal component by hammering
2.  the act of a forger
3.  a metal component produced by this process
4.  the collision of a horse's hind shoe and fore shoe

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. forge, earlier faverge, from L. fabrica "workshop," from faber (gen. fabri) "workman in hard materials, smith." Sense of "to counterfeit" is in Anglo-Fr. verb forger "falsify," from O.Fr. forgier, from L. fabricari "to frame, construct, build." Related: Forged; forger; forging.

1610s, "make way, move ahead," most likely an alteration of force, but perhaps from forge (n.), via notion of steady hammering at something. Originally nautical, in reference to vessels.
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