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

  • adj. At, near, or belonging to the front or forepart; fore: the forward section of the aircraft.
  • adj. Located ahead or in advance: kept her eye on the forward horizon.
  • adj. Going, tending, or moving toward a position in front: a forward plunge down a flight of stairs.
  • adj. Sports Advancing toward an opponent's goal.
  • adj. Moving in a prescribed direction or order for normal use: forward rolling of the cassette tape.
  • adj. Ardently inclined; eager.
  • adj. Lacking restraint or modesty; presumptuous or bold: a forward child.
  • adj. Being ahead of current economic, political, or technological trends; progressive: a forward concept.
  • adj. Deviating radically from convention or tradition; extreme.
  • adj. Exceptionally advanced; precocious.
  • adj. Of, relating to, or done in preparation for the future: bidding on forward contracts for corn.
  • adv. Toward or tending to the front; frontward: step forward.
  • adv. Into consideration: put forward a new proposal.
  • adv. In or toward the future: looking forward to seeing you.
  • adv. In the prescribed direction or sequence for normal use: rolled the tape forward.
  • adv. In an advanced position or a configuration registering a future time: set the clock forward.
  • adv. At or to a different time; earlier or later: moved the appointment forward, from Friday to Thursday.
  • n. Sports A player in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey, who is part of the forward line of the offense.
  • n. Sports The position played by such a person.
  • transitive v. To send on to a subsequent destination or address. See Synonyms at send1.
  • transitive v. To help advance; promote. See Synonyms at advance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Toward the front or at the front.
  • adj. Without customary restraint
  • adj. Expected in the future.
  • adv. Towards the front or from the front.
  • adv. In the usual direction of travel.
  • adv. Into the future.
  • v. To send (something received) to a third party.
  • n. one of the eight players whose primary task is to maintain possession of the ball (compare back)
  • n. A player on a team in football (soccer) in the row nearest to the opposing team's goal, who are therefore principally responsible for scoring goals.
  • n. An umbrella term for a centre or winger in ice hockey.
  • n. The small forward or power forward position; two frontcourt positions that are taller than guards but shorter than centers.
  • n. The front part of a vessel.
  • n. An e-mail message that is forwarded to another recipient or recipients; an electronic chain letter.
  • n. Agreement; covenant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Near, or at the fore part; in advance of something else.
  • adj. Ready; prompt; strongly inclined; in an ill sense, overready; too hasty.
  • adj. Ardent; eager; earnest; in an ill sense, less reserved or modest than is proper; bold; confident.
  • adj. Advanced beyond the usual degree; advanced for the season
  • adv. Toward a part or place before or in front; onward; in advance; progressively; -- opposed to backward.
  • n. An agreement; a covenant; a promise.
  • transitive v. To help onward; to advance; to promote; to accelerate; to quicken; to hasten
  • transitive v. To send forward; to send toward the place of destination; to transmit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Situated in the front or fore part; anterior; fore; directed toward some point or position in advance from the starting-point: as, a forward cabin in a ship; the forward movement of an army.
  • Being in a condition of advancement; well advanced with respect to progress, attainment, development (as the season), growth (as vegetation), or (rarely) position or rank: as, the building is in a forward state; he is forward in his studies; a forward crop.
  • Ready in action or disposition; prompt; earnest; also, in a derogatory sense, over-confident; assuming; presumptuous; pert; as, to be forward in good works; a forward chit.
  • Foremost.
  • Synonyms Willing, zealous; presuming, presumptuous, impertinent.
  • Toward a part, place, or point of time before or in advance; onward: with reference either to motion or to position: opposed to backward.
  • With advancing steps; with good progress.
  • Toward the terminal point.
  • To send forward; send toward the place of destination; transmit: as, to forward a letter or despatches.
  • To advance; help onward; promote; further; encourage: as, to forward the growth of a plant.
  • In bookbinding, to fit (a book) with back and covers, and prepare it for the finisher.
  • In cricket, in front of the batsman's wicket: said of a fielder's position.
  • n. Agreement; covenant.
  • n. In foot-ball, basket-ball, and other games, a player in the front line of the team.

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

  • adv. toward the future; forward in time
  • adj. moving forward
  • adv. forward in time or order or degree
  • adj. at or near or directed toward the front
  • v. send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit
  • n. a position on a basketball, soccer, or hockey team
  • adv. near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane
  • n. the person who plays the position of forward in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey
  • adv. in a forward direction
  • adj. of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle
  • adv. at or to or toward the front
  • adj. used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty


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

Middle English, from Old English foreweard : fore-, fore- + -weard, -ward.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old English foreweard ("condition, bargain, agreement, contract, treaty, assurance"), equivalent to fore- +‎ ward (“ward, keeping”). Cognate with Scots forward ("covenant, compact"), Dutch voorwaarde ("condition, terms, proviso, stipulation"). More at fore-, ward.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English foreward, from Old English foreweard ("forward, inclined to the front, fore, early, former"), from Proto-Germanic *fura- (“fore-”), *warþaz (“turned”), equivalent to fore +‎ -ward. Cognate with Dutch voorwaarts ("forward"), German vorwärts ("forward").


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