adverb Also, forwards.
toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward; ahead: to move forward; from this day forward; to look forward.
toward the front: Let's move forward so we can hear better.
into view or consideration; out; forth: He brought forward several good suggestions.
toward the bow or front of a vessel or aircraft.
ahead ( defs 4, 5 ).
directed toward a point in advance; moving ahead; onward: a forward motion.
being in a condition of advancement; well-advanced: It was quite forward in the season when we finished our planting.
ready, prompt, or eager.
presumptuous, impertinent, or bold: a rude, forward child.
situated in the front or forepart: the forward part of the ship.
of or pertaining to the future; for the future or forward delivery: forward buying; a forward price.
lying ahead or to the front: Take the forward path.
radical or extreme, as persons or opinions: the forward trend in certain liberal thought.
a player stationed in advance of others on a team.
Football. a lineman.
Basketball. either of two players stationed in the forecourt.
Finance. something bought, as a security, for future delivery.
verb (used with object)
to send forward; transmit, especially to a new address: to forward a letter.
to advance or help onward; promote: The training will help to forward your career.
verb (used without object)
to advance or play a mechanism, recording tape, cassette, etc., in the forward direction: to find a musical selection without forwarding through the whole cassette.

before 900; Middle English; Old English for(e)weard. See fore1, -ward

forwardable, adjective
forwardly, adverb
overforward, adjective
overforwardly, adverb
overforwardness, noun
reforward, verb (used with object)
unforward, adjective
unforwardly, adverb
unforwarded, adjective

foreword, forward, forwards, froward (see synonym study at the current entry).

1. Forward, onward both indicate a direction toward the front or a movement in a frontward direction. Forward applies to any movement toward what is or is conceived to be the front or a goal: to face forward; to move forward in the aisles. Onward applies to any movement in continuance of a course: to march onward toward a goal. 8. willing, earnest, zealous. 9. assuming, impudent. See bold. 11. early, preliminary, future, premature. 13. unconventional, progressive. 17. further, foster.

6. backward. Unabridged
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forward (ˈfɔːwəd)
1.  directed or moving ahead
2.  lying or situated in or near the front part of something
3.  presumptuous, pert, or impudent: a forward remark
4.  well developed or advanced, esp in physical, material, or intellectual growth or development: forward ideas
5.  archaic (often postpositive) ready, eager, or willing
6.  a.  of or relating to the future or favouring change; progressive
 b.  (in combination): forward-looking
7.  finance realting to fulfilment at a future date
8.  (NZ) (of an animal) in good condition
9.  a.  an attacking player in any of various sports, such as soccer, hockey, or basketball
 b.  (in American football) a lineman
10.  an email that has been sent to one recipient and then forwarded to another
11.  a variant of forwards
12.  towards the front or bow of an aircraft or ship
13.  into prominence or a position of being subject to public scrutiny; out; forth: the witness came forward
14.  to send forward or pass on to an ultimate destination: the letter was forwarded from a previous address
15.  to advance, help, or promote: to forward one's career
16.  bookbinding to prepare (a book) for the finisher
[Old English foreweard]

forwards or forward (ˈfɔːwədz)
1.  towards or at a place ahead or in advance, esp in space but also in time
2.  towards the front
forward or forward

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Word Origin & History

O.E. foreweard "toward the front," from fore + -ward. The verb is first recorded 1590s. Related: Forwarded. Adj. sense of "early" is from 1520s; that of "presumptuous" is attested from 1560s. The position in football so called since 1879. British English until mid-20c. preserved the distinction between
forward and forwards, the latter expressing "a definite direction viewed in contrast with other directions." In Amer.Eng., however, forward prevails in all senses since Webster (1832) damned forwards as "a corruption."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Computing Dictionary

forward definition

(verb) To send (a copy of) an electronic mail message that you have received on to one or more other addressees. Most e-mail systems can be configured to do this automatically to all or certain messages, e.g. Unix sendmail looks for a ".forward" file in the recipient's home directory.
A mailing list server (or "mail exploder") is designed to forward messages automatically to lists of people.
Unix manual page: aliases(5).
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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American Heritage
Idioms & Phrases


see backward and forward; carry forward; come forward; from this day forward; know like a book (backwards and forwards); look forward; put forward; put one's best foot forward; set forward.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
If the gods were willing to let the banquet go forward, they would send
  favorable signs and the guests could be seated.
One can see this motion in its extremest form in speed skating, but it is true
  in all skilled skating, both forward and back.
Place the plant in the container off-center and rotated forward at a slight
  angle to face the viewer.
Move the projector forward or back until the pattern on the canvas is the
  desired size.
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