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forward

[fawr-werd] /ˈfɔr wərd/
adverb, Also, forwards
1.
toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward; ahead:
to move forward; from this day forward; to look forward.
2.
toward the front:
Let's move forward so we can hear better.
3.
into view or consideration; out; forth:
He brought forward several good suggestions.
4.
toward the bow or front of a vessel or aircraft.
5.
ahead (defs 4, 5).
adjective
6.
directed toward a point in advance; moving ahead; onward:
a forward motion.
7.
being in a condition of advancement; well-advanced:
It was quite forward in the season when we finished our planting.
8.
ready, prompt, or eager.
9.
presumptuous, impertinent, or bold:
a rude, forward child.
10.
situated in the front or forepart:
the forward part of the ship.
11.
of or pertaining to the future; for the future or forward delivery:
forward buying; a forward price.
12.
lying ahead or to the front:
Take the forward path.
13.
radical or extreme, as persons or opinions:
the forward trend in certain liberal thought.
noun
14.
Sports.
  1. a player stationed in advance of others on a team.
  2. Football. a lineman.
  3. Basketball. either of two players stationed in the forecourt.
15.
Finance. something bought, as a security, for future delivery.
verb (used with object)
16.
to send forward; transmit, especially to a new address:
to forward a letter.
17.
to advance or help onward; promote:
The training will help to forward your career.
verb (used without object)
18.
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.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English; Old English for(e)weard. See fore1, -ward
Related forms
forwardable, adjective
forwardly, adverb
overforward, adjective
overforwardly, adverb
overforwardness, noun
reforward, verb (used with object)
unforward, adjective
unforwardly, adverb
unforwarded, adjective
Can be confused
foreword, forward, forwards, froward (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
6. backward.
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Examples from the web for forward
  • 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.
  • Think happening restaurants, a new contemporary art museum, and an architecturally forward-thinking bridge.
  • 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.
  • Great idea there, looking forward to spring with all these new ideas to work into my garden this year.
  • Already they will have submitted a list of ten books they want to see go forward to the next round.
  • You've again sparked my memory to race back in time, accelerate and move forward into the future.
  • Swaps are, in effect, a string of forward rates-that is forwards that begin when the previous one finishes.
  • In my mind, moving forward will require us to move from theory to practice.
British Dictionary definitions for forward

forward

/ˈfɔːwəd/
adjective
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.
  1. of or relating to the future or favouring change; progressive
  2. (in combination): forward-looking
7.
(finance) realting to fulfilment at a future date
8.
(NZ) (of an animal) in good condition
noun
9.
  1. an email that has been sent to one recipient and then forwarded to another
  2. (in American football) a lineman
10.
an attacking player in any of various sports, such as soccer, hockey, or basketball
adverb
11.
a variant of forwards
12.
(ˈfɔːwəd; nautical history) (ˈfɒrəd). 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
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
forwardly, adverb
Word Origin
Old English foreweard

forwards

/ˈfɔːwədz/
adverb
1.
towards or at a place ahead or in advance, esp in space but also in time
2.
towards the front
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Word Origin and History for forward
adv.

Old English forewearde "toward the front;" see fore + -ward. Adjectival sense of "early" is from 1520s; that of "presumptuous" is attested from 1560s.

v.

1590s, "to help push forward," from forward (adv.). Meaning "to send (a letter, etc.) on to another destination" is from 1757. Related: Forwarded; forwarding.

n.

Old English, "the fore or front part" of something; see forward (adv.). The position in football so called since 1879.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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forward in Technology
messaging
(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).
(2000-03-22)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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Idioms and Phrases with forward
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