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Variant of forward.
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(ˈfɔːwədz) or


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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(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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1. The eight large, strong players who force the play. In a scrum they are made up of a front row of a hooker flanked by two props, backed by a second row of two lock forwards flanked by two wing forwards, and a solitary No 8 forward at the rear.
2. Offensive players whose job is to score goals
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.forwards - 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"
2.forwards - in a forward directionforwards - 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"
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[ˈfɔːrrdz] adven avantforward slash nbarre f oblique
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References in classic literature ?
The red-haired man gave a yawp of exultation and stood staggering, and as it seemed to me in serious danger of either going backwards down the companion hatchway or forwards upon his victim.
Trent walked backwards and forwards with knitted brows, glancing every now and then at the unconscious man.
I confess I was often tempted, while they were passing backwards and forwards on my body, to seize forty or fifty of the first that came in my reach, and dash them against the ground.
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.
"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.