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[fawrj, fohrj] /fɔrdʒ, foʊrdʒ/
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.
Origin of forge2
1605-15; origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • In that case there's nothing for either of us but to forge ahead, and see who wins.

    The Wild Olive Basil King
  • The canoe ceased to drift and began to forge ahead towards the post.

    A Mating in the Wilds Ottwell Binns
  • He switched over to his electric drive and the boat began to forge ahead again, but with all the stealth of a tiger in the jungle.

    The Secret Wireless Lewis E. Theiss
  • Before the brig began to forge ahead, the boat was invisible from her decks.

    Blackbeard: Buccaneer Ralph D. Paine
  • He was almost out of sight when I remembered about there being bears on that mountain; so I rose and undertook to forge ahead too.

    Cobb's Bill-of-Fare Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for forge ahead


a place in which metal is worked by heating and hammering; smithy
a hearth or furnace used for heating metal
a machine used to shape metals by hammering
(transitive) to shape (metal) by heating and hammering
(transitive) to form, shape, make, or fashion (objects, articles, etc)
(transitive) to invent or devise (an agreement, understanding, etc)
to make or produce a fraudulent imitation of (a signature, banknote, etc) or to commit forgery
Derived Forms
forgeable, adjective
forger, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French forgier to construct, from Latin fabricāre, from faber craftsman


verb (intransitive)
to move at a steady and persevering pace
to increase speed; spurt
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for forge ahead



late 14c., "a smithy," from Old French forge (12c.) "forge, smithy," earlier faverge, from Latin fabrica "workshop," from faber (genitive fabri) "workman in hard materials, smith" (see fabric). As the heating apparatus itself, from late 15c.


c.1300, "to make, shape, create," from Old French forgier, from Latin fabricari "to frame, construct, build," from fabrica "workshop" (see forge (n.)). Meaning "to counterfeit" is early 14c. Related: Forged; forging.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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