fore

1 [fawr, fohr]
adjective
1.
situated at or toward the front, as compared with something else.
2.
first in place, time, order, rank, etc.; forward; earlier.
3.
Nautical.
a.
of or pertaining to a foremast.
b.
noting a sail, yard, boom, etc., or any rigging belonging to a fore lower mast or to some upper mast of a foremast.
c.
noting any stay running aft and upward to the head of a fore lower mast or to some specified upper mast of a foremast: fore topmast stay.
d.
situated at or toward the bow of a vessel; forward.
adverb
4.
Nautical. at or toward the bow.
6.
Obsolete, before.
noun
7.
the forepart of anything; front.
8.
the fore, Nautical. the foremast.
preposition, conjunction
9.
Also, 'fore. Informal. before.
Idioms
10.
fore and aft, Nautical. in, at, or to both ends of a ship.
11.
to the fore,
a.
into a conspicuous place or position; to or at the front.
b.
at hand; ready; available.
c.
still alive.

Origin:
by construal of fore- as an adj., hence nominalized; fore and aft perhaps as translation of Dutch or Low German; sense “before” (defs 6, 9) perhaps continuation of Middle English, Old English fore in this sense, or as aphetic form of afore

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fore

2 [fawr, fohr]
interjection Golf.
(used as a cry of warning to persons on a course who are in danger of being struck by the ball.)

Origin:
1875–80; probably aphetic variant of before

fore-

a prefix meaning “before” (in space, time, condition, etc.), “front,” “superior,” etc.: forehead; forecastle; forecast; foretell; foreman.

Origin:
combining form representing Middle English, Old English for(e)

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fore1 (fɔː)
 
adj
1.  (usually in combination) located at, in, or towards the front: the forelegs of a horse
 
n
2.  the front part
3.  something located at, in, or towards the front
4.  short for foremast
5.  fore and aft located at or directed towards both ends of a vessel: a fore-and-aft rig
6.  to the fore
 a.  to or into the front or conspicuous position
 b.  (Scot), (Irish) alive or active: is your grandfather still to the fore?
 
adv
7.  at or towards a ship's bow
8.  obsolete before
 
prep, —conj
9.  a less common word for before
 
[Old English; related to Old Saxon, Old High German fora, Gothic faura, Greek para, Sanskrit pura]

fore2 (fɔː)
 
interj
(in golf) a warning shout made by a player about to make a shot
 
[C19: probably short for before]

fore-
 
prefix
1.  before in time or rank: foresight; forefather; foreman
2.  at or near the front; before in place: forehead; forecourt
 
[Old English, from fore (adv)]

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Word Origin & History

fore
O.E. fore (prep.) "before, in front of;" (adv.) "before, previously," common Gmc. (cf. O.H.G. fora, O.Fris. fara, Ger. vor, Goth. faiura, O.N. fyrr "for"); from PIE *per-/*pr- (cf. Skt. pura "before, formerly;" Avestan paro "before;" Hittite para- "on, forth;" Gk. paros "before," para "from beside, beyond,"
peri "around, about, toward," pro "before;" L. pro "before, for, on behalf of, instead of," prae "before," per "through, for;" O.C.S. pra-dedu "great-grandfather"). The warning cry in golf is first recorded 1878, probably a contraction of before.
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Idioms & Phrases

fore

In addition to the idioms beginning with fore, also see to the fore.

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The existence of the football team comes to the fore at two junctures in the
  history of a college.
But nascent nationalism has now returned to the fore.
And one other interesting bit of anatomy about this new animal is its limbs,
  its fore and hind limbs.
Fore more information, contact the event organizers.
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