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toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward: a forward motion
Not to be confused with:
foreword – a short introductory statement in a published work, as a book: A foreword is not generally written by the author of the book.
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a. At, near, or belonging to the front or forepart; fore: the forward section of the aircraft.
b. Located ahead or in advance: kept her eye on the forward horizon.
a. Going, tending, or moving toward a position in front: a forward plunge down a flight of stairs.
b. Sports Advancing toward an opponent's goal.
c. Moving in a prescribed direction or order for normal use: forward rolling of the cassette tape.
a. Ardently inclined; eager.
b. Lacking restraint or modesty; presumptuous or bold: a forward child.
a. Being ahead of current economic, political, or technological trends; progressive: a forward concept.
b. Deviating radically from convention or tradition; extreme.
5. Exceptionally advanced; precocious.
6. Of, relating to, or done in preparation for the future: a rise in the forward price of corn.
adv. or for·wards (-wərdz)
1. Toward or tending to the front; frontward: step forward.
2. Into consideration: put forward a new proposal.
3. In or toward the future: looking forward to seeing you.
a. In the prescribed direction or sequence for normal use: rolled the tape forward.
b. In an advanced position or a configuration registering a future time: set the clock forward.
c. At or to a different time; earlier or later: moved the appointment forward, from Friday to Thursday. See Usage Note at backward.
n. Sports
1. A player in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey, who is part of the forward line of the offense.
2. The position played by such a person.
tr.v. for·ward·ed, for·ward·ing, for·wards
1. To send on to a subsequent destination or address. See Synonyms at send1.
2. To help advance; promote. See Synonyms at advance.

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

for′ward·ly adv.
for′ward·ness n.
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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
a. of or relating to the future or favouring change; progressive
b. (in combination): forward-looking.
7. (Commerce) finance relating to fulfilment at a future date
8. NZ (of an animal) in good condition
9. (Team Sports, other than specified)
a. an email that has been sent to one recipient and then forwarded to another
b. (in American football) a lineman
10. (Communications & Information) an email that has been sent to one recipient and then forwarded to another
11. (American Football) (in American football) a lineman
12. a variant of forwards
13. towards the front or bow of an aircraft or ship
14. into prominence or a position of being subject to public scrutiny; out; forth: the witness came forward.
vb (tr)
15. to send forward or pass on to an ultimate destination: the letter was forwarded from a previous address.
16. to advance, help, or promote: to forward one's career.
17. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) bookbinding to prepare (a book) for the finisher
[Old English foreweard]
ˈforwardly adv
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(ˈfɔr wərd)

adv. Also, forwards.
1. toward or to what is in front or in advance: from this day forward; to step forward.
2. into view or consideration; forth: brought forward a good suggestion.
3. directed toward a point in advance: a forward motion.
4. being in a condition of advancement.
5. ready; eager.
6. presumptuous; bold.
7. situated in the front: the forward part of the ship.
8. of or for the future: a forward price.
9. lying ahead: the forward path.
10. radical or extreme.
a. a player stationed in advance of others on a team.
b. either of two basketball players stationed in the forecourt.
12. to send onward; transmit, esp. to a new address: to forward a letter.
13. to help onward; promote: forwarding one's career.
14. to cause to advance.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English for(e)weard]
for′ward•a•ble, adj.
for′ward•er, n.
for′ward•ly, adv.
for′ward•ness, n.
syn: See bold.
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1. 'forward' and 'forwards'

If you move or look forward or forwards, you move or look in a direction that is in front of you.

Salesmen rushed forward to serve her.
John peered forward through the twilight.
Ralph walked forwards a couple of steps.

Forwards is only used as an adverb.

2. 'look forward to'

If you are looking forward to something that is going to happen, you want it to happen because you think you will enjoy it.

He's looking forward to going home.
3. 'forward' used as an adjective

Forward is also an adjective. A forward movement is one in which someone or something moves forwards.

Slow forward movement was made possible by pivoting his body with his shoulders.
He points out that flapping wings provide forward thrust as well as upward lift.

When forward has this meaning, it can only be used in front of a noun.

4. 'forward' used as a verb

Forward is also a verb. If you forward a letter to someone, you send it on to them when they have moved to a different address.

Would you mind forwarding my mail to this address?
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Past participle: forwarded
Gerund: forwarding

I forward
you forward
he/she/it forwards
we forward
you forward
they forward
I forwarded
you forwarded
he/she/it forwarded
we forwarded
you forwarded
they forwarded
Present Continuous
I am forwarding
you are forwarding
he/she/it is forwarding
we are forwarding
you are forwarding
they are forwarding
Present Perfect
I have forwarded
you have forwarded
he/she/it has forwarded
we have forwarded
you have forwarded
they have forwarded
Past Continuous
I was forwarding
you were forwarding
he/she/it was forwarding
we were forwarding
you were forwarding
they were forwarding
Past Perfect
I had forwarded
you had forwarded
he/she/it had forwarded
we had forwarded
you had forwarded
they had forwarded
I will forward
you will forward
he/she/it will forward
we will forward
you will forward
they will forward
Future Perfect
I will have forwarded
you will have forwarded
he/she/it will have forwarded
we will have forwarded
you will have forwarded
they will have forwarded
Future Continuous
I will be forwarding
you will be forwarding
he/she/it will be forwarding
we will be forwarding
you will be forwarding
they will be forwarding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been forwarding
you have been forwarding
he/she/it has been forwarding
we have been forwarding
you have been forwarding
they have been forwarding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been forwarding
you will have been forwarding
he/she/it will have been forwarding
we will have been forwarding
you will have been forwarding
they will have been forwarding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been forwarding
you had been forwarding
he/she/it had been forwarding
we had been forwarding
you had been forwarding
they had been forwarding
I would forward
you would forward
he/she/it would forward
we would forward
you would forward
they would forward
Past Conditional
I would have forwarded
you would have forwarded
he/she/it would have forwarded
we would have forwarded
you would have forwarded
they would have forwarded
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.forward - the person who plays the position of forward in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey
basketball player, basketeer, cager - an athlete who plays basketball
2.forward - a position on a basketball, soccer, or hockey team
position - (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player; "what position does he play?"
basketball team, five - a team that plays basketball
Verb1.forward - send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit; "forward my mail"
ship, transport, send - transport commercially
Adj.1.forward - at or near or directed toward the front; "the forward section of the aircraft"; "a forward plunge down the stairs"; "forward motion"
fore - situated at or toward the bow of a vessel
progressive - favoring or promoting progress; "progressive schools"
backward - directed or facing toward the back or rear; "a backward view"
2.forward - used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty; "a forward child badly in need of discipline"
bold - fearless and daring; "bold settlers on some foreign shore"; "a bold speech"; "a bold adventure"
backward - (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature; "a backward lover"
3.forward - of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle; "in a forward gear"
reverse - of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a motor vehicle; "in reverse gear"
4.forward - moving forwardforward - moving forward      
progressive - favoring or promoting progress; "progressive schools"
Adv.1.forward - at or to or toward the front; "he faced forward"; "step forward"; "she practiced sewing backward as well as frontward on her new sewing machine"; (`forrad' and `forrard' are dialectal variations)
dialect, idiom, accent - the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people; "the immigrants spoke an odd dialect of English"; "he has a strong German accent"; "it has been said that a language is a dialect with an army and navy"
backward, backwards, rearward, rearwards, back - at or to or toward the back or rear; "he moved back"; "tripped when he stepped backward"; "she looked rearward out the window of the car"
2.forward - forward in time or order or degree; "from that time forth"; "from the sixth century onward"
3.forward - toward the futureforward - toward the future; forward in time; "I like to look ahead in imagination to what the future may bring"; "I look forward to seeing you"
backward, back - in or to or toward a past time; "set the clocks back an hour"; "never look back"; "lovers of the past looking fondly backward"
4.forward - in a forward directionforward - in a forward direction; "go ahead"; "the train moved ahead slowly"; "the boat lurched ahead"; "moved onward into the forest"; "they went slowly forward in the mud"
5.forward - near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane; "the captain went fore (or forward) to check the instruments"
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1. forwards forth, on, ahead, onwards, fwd (S.M.S.) He walked forward into the room.
forth backward(s)
2. frontwards, towards the front, fwd (S.M.S.) The best seats are as far forward as possible.
3. on, onward, onwards, fwd (S.M.S.) His work from that time forward was confined to portraits.
4. into the open, out, to light, to the front, to the surface, into consideration, into view, into prominence, fwd (S.M.S.) Over the years similar theories have been put forward.
1. leading, first, head, front, advance, foremost, fore, fwd (S.M.S.) to allow more troops to move to forward positions
2. future, early, advanced, progressive, premature, prospective, onward, forward-looking, fwd (S.M.S.) The University system requires more forward planning.
3. presumptuous, confident, familiar, bold, fresh (informal), assuming, presuming, cheeky, brash, pushy (informal), brazen, shameless, sassy (U.S. informal), pert, impertinent, impudent, bare-faced, overweening, immodest, brass-necked (Brit. informal), overfamiliar, brazen-faced, overassertive, fwd (S.M.S.) He's very forward and confident.
presumptuous retiring, modest, shy, backward, diffident, regressive
1. further, back, help, support, aid, encourage, speed, advance, favour, promote, foster, assist, hurry, hasten, expedite, fwd (S.M.S.) He forwarded their cause with courage, skill and humour.
further bar, block, hold up, thwart, hinder, obstruct, retard, impede
2. send on, send, post, pass on, ship, route, transmit, dispatch, freight, redirect, fwd (S.M.S.) The document was forwarded to the President.
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1. To cause (something) to be conveyed to a destination:
2. To cause to move forward or upward, as toward a goal:
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إلى الأمامإلَى الَأمَاماماميلاعِب هُجوممُتَقَدِّم
csatárelõre haladóelülsõtovábbít
áframframfram-fram í tímann, héîan í frásenda áfram
atkeltiį priekįnukreiptas į priekį/pirmynpersiųstipriekinis
from this time forwardnosūtītpriekšējaissākot no šī brīžaturpmāk
poslať za adresátom
naprejposlati naprejveseliti se
daha sonrayaforvetgöndermekileriileri doğru
chuyển gửiđầulên trướctiếp


When forward is an element in a phrasal verb, eg bring forward, come forward, step forward, look up the verb.
1. (in position) → delantero; (in movement) → hacia adelante; (in time) → adelantado, avanzado; [position] (Mil etc) → avanzado (Naut) → de proa
2. (= advanced) [child] → precoz; [season, crop] → adelantado
3. (= presumptuous) [person, remark] → atrevido
B. ADV (gen) → adelante, hacia adelante (Naut) → hacia la proa
forward march! (Mil) → de frente ¡mar!
the lever is placed well forwardla palanca está colocada bastante hacia adelante
from that day forwarddesde ese día en adelante, a partir de entonces
from this time forwardde aquí en adelante
to come forwardhacerse conocer
to go forwardir hacia adelante, avanzar (fig) → progresar, hacer progresos
see also look forward
C. N (Sport) → delantero/a m/f
1. (= dispatch) [+ goods] → expedir, enviar; (= send on) [+ letter] → remitir
"please forward""remítase al destinatario"
2. (= advance) [+ career, cause, interests] → promover
E. CPD forward buying N (Comm) → compra f a término
forward contract N (Comm) → contrato m a término
forward delivery N (Comm) → entrega f en fecha futura
forward exchange N (Comm) → cambio m a término
forward gear N (Aut) → marcha f de avance
forward line N (Sport) → delantera f (Mil) → primera línea f de fuego
forward market N (Comm) → mercado m de futuros
forward pass N (Rugby) → pase m adelantado
forward planning Nplanificación f por anticipado
forward rate N (Comm) → tipo m a término
forward sales NPL (Comm) → ventas fpl a término
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[movement] → en avant, vers l'avant; [position] → avant
(= not shy) → effronté(e)
[delivery, sales, exchange] → à terme forward contract
adven avant
to move forward → avancer
(= player) → avant m
[+ letter] → faire suivre
He forwarded all Janette's letters → Il a fait suivre toutes les lettres de Janette.
"please forward" → "prière de faire suivre"
[+ parcel, goods] → expédier
(= cause to progress) [+ career] → faire avancer; [+ cause] → promouvoirforward contract ncontrat m à termeforwarding address nnouvelle adresse f (où faire suivre le courrier)
He left no forwarding address → Il est parti sans laisser d'adresse.forward-looking [ˌfɔːrrdˈlʊkɪŋ] adj
[person] → tourné(e) vers l'avenir; [approach] → tourné(e) vers l'avenir
[organization] → tourné(e) vers l'avenir
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(also forwards, = onwards, ahead) → vorwärts; (= to the front, to particular point, out of line)nach vorn; please step forwardbitte vortreten; to take two steps forwardzwei Schritte vortreten; to rush forwardsich vorstürzen; to go straight forwardgeradeaus gehen; forward!vorwärts!; he drove backward(s) and forward(s) between the station and the houseer fuhr zwischen Haus und Bahnhof hin und her
(in time) from this time forward (= from then)seitdem; (= from now)von jetzt an; if we think forward to the next stagewenn wir an die vor uns liegende nächste Stufe denken
(= into prominence) to come forwardsich melden; to bring forward new evidenceneue Beweise plvorlegen
(in place) → vordere(r, s); (in direction) → Vorwärts-; forward marchVormarsch m; forward gears (Aut) → Vorwärtsgänge pl; this seat is too far forwarddieser Sitz ist zu weit vorn
(in time) planningVoraus-; (Comm) buying, priceTermin-; (= well-advanced) season(weit) fortgeschritten; plantsfrüh pred; childrenfrühreif; I’d like to be further forward with my workich wollte, ich wäre mit meiner Arbeit schon weiter; good forward thinking, Jonesgute Voraussicht, Jones
(= presumptuous, pert)dreist
n (Sport) → Stürmer(in) m(f)
(= advance) plans etcvorantreiben; careervoranbringen
(= dispatch) goodsbeförden, senden; (= send on) letter, parcelnachsenden; please forwardbitte nachsenden
(Internet etc) informationweiterleiten; e-mailforwarden, weiterleiten; we’ll forward your suggestions to the committeewir werden Ihre Vorschläge an den Ausschuss weiterleiten


forward line
n (Sport) → Sturm m, → Stürmerreihe f
adj person, attitudefortschrittlich, progressiv; plan, visionvorausblickend
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1. adj
a. (in movement, position) → in avanti; (in time) → in anticipo (Naut) → prodiero/a
forward line (Sport) → linea d'attacco (Mil) → prima linea
forward planning → sollecita programmazione f
forward thinking (person) → dalle idee innovatrici
b. (precocious, child) → precoce; (presumptuous, person, remark) → insolente, sfacciato/a
c. (Comm) (delivery, sales, exchange) → a termine
2. n (Sport) → attaccante m, avanti m inv
3. vt (dispatch, parcel, goods) → spedire; (send on, letter) → inoltrare (fig) (sb's plans) → promuovere, appoggiare
"please forward" → "si prega di inoltrare"
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(ˈfoːwəd) adjective
1. moving on; advancing. a forward movement.
2. at or near the front. The forward part of a ship is called the `bows'.
1. (also ˈforwards) moving towards the front. A pendulum swings backward(s) and forward(s).
2. to a later time. from this time forward.
(in certain team games, eg football, hockey) a player in a forward position.
to send (letters etc) on to another address. I have asked the post office to forward my mail.
bring forward
1. (also put forward) to bring to people's attention; to cause to be discussed etc. They will consider the suggestions which you have brought/put forward.
2. to make to happen at an earlier date; to advance in time. They have brought forward the date of their wedding by one week.

to move forward (not foreword).
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إلَى الَأمَام, يُرْسِلُ dopředu, přeposlat fremad, videresende vorwärts, weiterleiten προς τα εμπρός, προωθώ desviar, hacia adelante, remitir edistää, eteenpäin en avant, transmettre proslijediti, unaprijed avanti, inoltrare 前方へ, 転送する 앞으로, 전송하다 doorsturen, naar voren formidle, framover naprzód, przesłać adiantar, adiante, enviar вперед, переадресовывать befordra, framåt โดยไปข้างหน้า, ส่งต่อ ileriye, ilerlemek chuyển gửi, lên trước 向前地, 转寄
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adv adelante, hacia adelante; Lean forward..Inclínese hacia adelante.
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References in classic literature ?
"They--won't have me forward." He spoke slowly, with a queer, hoarse quality in his voice.
The line fell slowly forward like a toppling wall, and, with a convulsive gasp that was intended for a cheer, the regiment began its journey.
Once inside, the problem became simpler since Tarzan followed closely in the rear with his sharp spear point, an unremitting incentive to forward movement on the part of the lion.
The long line of savages advanced a few steps more, their spears poised above their heads, their half-naked forms showing more distinctly as they peered forward through the grey gloom, savage and ferocious.
"Dunning has had the fight of his life," thought the major, and was about to ride forward. Dunning raised his hand, motioning him back with a gesture of warning; then, lowering the arm, he pointed to the place where the road lost itself in the blackness of the cedar forest.
Still bent, however, on pushing forward, they attempted to climb the opposing mountains; and struggled on through the snow for half a day until, coming to where they could command a prospect, they found that they were not half way to the summit, and that mountain upon mountain lay piled beyond them, in wintry desolation.
An open country to right and left and forward; behind, a wood.
A LOGICAL Crab said to his Son, "Why do you not walk straight forward? Your sidelong gait is singularly ungraceful."
He had the wheel at the time, and I went forward to my hospital in the forecastle, where lay the two crippled men, Nilson and Thomas Mugridge.
Vanderburgh and Dripps, however, the two resident partners of the opposite company, by extraordinary exertions were enabled soon to put themselves upon their traces, and pressed forward with such speed as to overtake them just as they had reached the heart of the beaver country.
People leaned forward to watch her and to try to catch the words of the song.
From the way the regimental commander saluted the commander in chief and devoured him with his eyes, drawing himself up obsequiously, and from the way he walked through the ranks behind the generals, bending forward and hardly able to restrain his jerky movements, and from the way he darted forward at every word or gesture of the commander in chief, it was evident that he performed his duty as a subordinate with even greater zeal than his duty as a commander.