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'Forward'

Definition of 'forward'
From: WordNet
adverb
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) [syn: forward, forwards, frontward, frontwards, forrad, forrard] [ant: back, backward, backwards, rearward, rearwards]
adverb
Forward in time or order or degree; "from that time forth"; "from the sixth century onward" [syn: forth, forward, onward]
adverb
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" [syn: ahead, forward] [ant: back, backward]
adverb
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" [syn: ahead, onward, onwards, forward, forwards, forrader]
adverb
Near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane; "the captain went fore (or forward) to check the instruments" [syn: fore, forward] [ant: abaft, aft, astern]
adjective
At or near or directed toward the front; "the forward section of the aircraft"; "a forward plunge down the stairs"; "forward motion" [ant: backward]
adjective
Used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty; "a forward child badly in need of discipline" [ant: backward]
adjective
Of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle; "in a forward gear" [ant: reverse]
adjective
Moving forward [syn: advancing, forward, forward- moving]
noun
The person who plays the position of forward in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey
noun
A position on a basketball, soccer, or hockey team
verb
Send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit; "forward my mail" [syn: forward, send on]
Definition of 'Forward'
From: GCIDE
Forward \For"ward\, n. [OE., fr. AS. foreweard; fore before + weard a ward. See Ward, n.] An agreement; a covenant; a promise. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
Tell us a tale anon, as forward is. --Chaucer. Forward
Definition of 'Forward'
From: GCIDE
Forward \For"ward\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Forwarded; p. pr. & vb. n. Forwarding.]
1. To help onward; to advance; to promote; to accelerate; to quicken; to hasten; as, to forward the growth of a plant; to forward one in improvement. [1913 Webster]
2. To send forward; to send toward the place of destination; to transmit; as, to forward a letter. [1913 Webster]
Definition of 'Forward'
From: GCIDE
Forward \For"ward\, Forwards \For"wards\, adv. [AS. forweard, foreweard; for, fore + -weardes; akin to G. vorw[aum]rts. The s is properly a genitive ending. See For, Fore, and -ward, -wards.] Toward a part or place before or in front; onward; in advance; progressively; -- opposed to backward. [1913 Webster]
Definition of 'Forward'
From: GCIDE
Forward \For"ward\, a.
1. Near, or at the fore part; in advance of something else; as, the forward gun in a ship, or the forward ship in a fleet. [1913 Webster]
2. Ready; prompt; strongly inclined; in an ill sense, overready; too hasty. [1913 Webster]
Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do. --Gal. ii. 10. [1913 Webster]
Nor do we find him forward to be sounded. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
3. Ardent; eager; earnest; in an ill sense, less reserved or modest than is proper; bold; confident; as, the boy is too forward for his years. [1913 Webster]
I have known men disagreeably forward from their shyness. --T. Arnold. [1913 Webster]
4. Advanced beyond the usual degree; advanced for the season; as, the grass is forward, or forward for the season; we have a forward spring. [1913 Webster]
The most forward bud Is eaten by the canker ere it blow. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Synonyms of 'forward'
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