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forwards

[fawr-werdz] /ˈfɔr wərdz/
adverb
1.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; forward + -s1
Can be confused
foreword, forward, forwards, froward (see synonym study at forward)

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
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 for forwards
  • So a listener who wants to hear, say, the third item on the first side of the tape simply fast-forwards to the third beep.
  • There you watch them in slow motion, backwards and forwards, taking your time to look closely at everything.
  • He reads a lot online, too, and forwards articles to friends and colleagues.
  • On the one hand, every bit of technology forwards the relentless personalization of the music experience.
  • When a client verifies a transaction, it forwards the details to others in the network to check for themselves.
  • So it might go backwards and forwards one or two times.
  • After the reviewers provide commentary, the journal editor forwards this feedback to the professor, who makes corrections.
  • After years of wrangling over the chemical's toxicity, researchers are charting a new way forwards.
  • Going forwards would mean that the wheels become embedded deeper in their tracks, he says.
  • Setting the clock ahead effectively moves sunrise forwards too.
British Dictionary definitions for forwards

forwards

/ˈfɔːwədz/
adverb
1.
towards or at a place ahead or in advance, esp in space but also in time
2.
towards the front

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
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Word Origin and History for forwards
forward
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."
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Slang definitions & phrases for forwards

forwards

noun

Pills of amphetamine or its derivatives

[1960s+ Narcotics; probably an allusion to speed in the same sense, with perhaps a by-reference to the fast forward control of a tape player]


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