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Variant of forward.


(ˈfɔːwədz) or


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


(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.


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?


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
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"


[ˈfɔːrrdz] adven avantforward slash nbarre f oblique
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yelled Daggoo, straining forwards and backwards on his seat, like a pacing tiger in his cage.
With a shout, they took a mortal start forwards, and slantingly ranged up on the German's quarter.
We struck for the stern of the texas, and found it, and then scrabbled along forwards on the skylight, hanging on from shutter to shutter, for the edge of the skylight was in the water.
And when the nigger was gone he got up and walked the floor, backwards and forwards, mumbling and muttering to himself and plowing his hands through his hair.
She was so busy in admiring those soft blue eyes, in talking and listening, and forming all these schemes in the inbetweens, that the evening flew away at a very unusual rate; and the suppertable, which always closed such parties, and for which she had been used to sit and watch the due time, was all set out and ready, and moved forwards to the fire, before she was aware.
She sometimes endeavoured for a few minutes to read; but the book was soon thrown aside, and she returned to the more interesting employment of walking backwards and forwards across the room, pausing for a moment whenever she came to the window, in hopes of distinguishing the long-expected rap.
Then my sole relief was to walk along the corridor of the third storey, backwards and forwards, safe in the silence and solitude of the spot, and allow my mind's eye to dwell on whatever bright visions rose before it--and, certainly, they were many and glowing; to let my heart be heaved by the exultant movement, which, while it swelled it in trouble, expanded it with life; and, best of all, to open my inward ear to a tale that was never ended--a tale my imagination created, and narrated continuously; quickened with all of incident, life, fire, feeling, that I desired and had not in my actual existence.
We made her stop: she'd fain have ridden forwards, afeard you should be uneasy.
We have oftentimes the honour to entertain your gentlemen in their travelling backwards and forwards betwixt London and Paris, sir.
The playground was a bare gravelled yard, open to all the back of the house and the offices; and I knew that the servants read it, and the butcher read it, and the baker read it; that everybody, in a word, who came backwards and forwards to the house, of a morning when I was ordered to walk there, read that I was to be taken care of, for I bit, I recollect that I positively began to have a dread of myself, as a kind of wild boy who did bite.
and began dancing backwards and forwards in a manner quite unparalleled within my limited experience.
Then Umslopogaas leaped forwards, and, bounding on to the great rock, stood there like a buck against the sky.