Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Located at or toward the front; forward.
  • adj. Earlier in order of occurrence; former.
  • n. Something that is located at or toward the front.
  • n. The front part.
  • adv. At, toward, or near the front; forward.
  • adv. At an earlier time.
  • prep. Before.
  • interj. Sports Used by a golfer to warn those ahead that a ball is headed in their direction.
  • idiom to the fore In, into, or toward a position of prominence: A new virtuoso has come to the fore.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. An exclamation yelled to inform players a ball is moving in their direction.
  • n. The front; the foreward part of something; the foreground.
  • v. Simple past of fare.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Advanced, as compared with something else; toward the front; being or coming first, in time, place, order, or importance; preceding; anterior; antecedent; earlier; forward; -- opposed to back or behind
  • adv. In the part that precedes or goes first; -- opposed to aft, after, back, behind, etc.
  • adv. Formerly; previously; afore.
  • adv. In or towards the bows of a ship.
  • n. Journey; way; method of proceeding.
  • n. The front; hence, that which is in front; the future.
  • prep. Before; -- sometimes written 'fore as if a contraction of afore or before.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Before (in place); in presence of.
  • Before (in place); in the part that precedes or goes first; specifically, nautical, toward or in the parts of a ship that lie near the bows; forward: opposed to aft.
  • Before (in time); previously.
  • Before.
  • Situated at the fore or front; front; forward; anterior; prior; former; being, coming, or going before or in front in place, or earlier in time: as, the fore legs of a horse; the fore wheels of a wagon; the fore part of the day.
  • n. The front: in the phrases at and to the fore (see below).
  • n. Nautical, the foremast.
  • n. At or in the front.
  • In golf, a warning cry (‘look out, before!’) uttered to attract the attention of a person who is liable to be struck by the ball.
  • n. An obsolete preterit and past participle of fare.
  • n. Way; course; manner of proceeding.
  • n. A prefix, equivalent to before (in place or time): before nouns often written separately and regarded as an adjective (see fore, adjective).
  • n. An erroneous form of for- in some words, as in forego, forespend, forespeak, etc., for forgo, forspend, forspeak, etc., being obsolete in all but forego.
  • n. An erroneous form of for-, as in foreclose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. situated at or toward the bow of a vessel
  • n. front part of a vessel or aircraft
  • adv. near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane

Etymologies

Middle English, beforehand, before, in front of, from Old English; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A development of the prefix fore-. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Then my eye lit on th 'fore quarters o' th 'doe,' n 'I guess I throwed more twists laughin' than Erne did -- _for that there doe was shy a leg_, hadn't but three legs; nigh fore leg gone midway 'tween knee and dewclaw, shot off 'n' healed up Godo'mi'ty knows when.

    The Red-Blooded Heroes of the Frontier

  • "Young feller," Salters began, standing up in the fore-rigging, "let me tell yeou 'fore we go any further that I've --"

    Captains Courageous

  • She was a pretty vessel: schooner-rigged, very low in the water, and -- as we found out when we took her -- of very deep draught; broad in the beam, and ` flush-decked 'fore and aft, with no raised fore or after castles.

    Across the Spanish Main A Tale of the Sea in the Days of Queen Bess

  • So that be - ■ fore the death of king James, our trade was fo far increaled, that, in the opinion of Sir William Mon - fon, we were liule, if at all inferior in maritime fore* to the Dutch.

    A new collection of voyages, discoveries and travels : containing whatever is worthy of notice, in Europe, Asia, Africa and America

  • : 00AM 'Twas the fifth day 'fore Christmas and all through the towns Recalling the past year brought smiles and frowns The readers were anxious, and so we will show 'em It's time once again for the Action Line poem Recession, economy, job loss and more Were issues that really should come to the fore Reality's something we don't reconcile When everyone lives in a state of denial For instance, the Realtors push ritzy condos On people with pickups all covered with Bondo The city spends fortunes to make Chapman snow While staffers and programs are told they must go And what's the surprise of a fierce winter storm We live in the mountains and it's just the norm You'd think that the city would figure by now When flakes are a'falling, you go out and plow The county commission, its head in the sand, Can't seem to come up with the zones for the land With gas money dwindling and going away The budgeting process will lead us astray Joelle switches parties, the Dems she did ditch Progressives were angry and cried "bait and switch"

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  • "Pres'n'y Mr. Gordon he come, wid a 'hogany box 'bout so big 'fore' im, an 'he got down, an' Marse Chan tole me to tek all de hosses an 'go' roun 'behine de bushes whar I tell you 'bout -- off to one side; an' 'fore I got 'roun' dar, ole Cun'l Chahmb'lin an 'Mr. Hennin an' Dr. Call come ridin 'from t'urr way, to'ds ole Cun'l Chahmb'lin's.

    Marse Chan; A Tale of Old Virginia

  • Comp'ny drinks, and I git drunk 'f-- fore I know 'fore you -- pshaw! deal yerself' f you want t 'play. "

    Duffels

  • This will be a great exercise in fore thought & planning for me.

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  • One though that comes to the fore is Bernard White, who plays Muqtada, Craig's roommate so life terrified that he doesn't get out of bed.

    Brian Ross: HuffPo Movie Review: It's Kind of a Funny Story (Really Is)

  • Lets face it the only time it really comes to the fore is when we have a Government that is sinking with all hands.

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