adverb Also forwards (for defs 1, 2)
- toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward; ahead: to move forward; from this day forward; to look forward.
- toward the front: Let’s move forward so we can hear better.
- into view or consideration; out; forth: He brought forward several good suggestions.
- toward the bow or front of a vessel or aircraft.
- ahead(defs 4, 5).
- directed toward a point in advance; moving ahead; onward: a forward motion.
- being in a condition of advancement; well-advanced: It was quite forward in the season when we finished our planting.
- ready, prompt, or eager.
- presumptuous, impertinent, or bold: a rude, forward child.
- situated in the front or forepart: the forward part of the ship.
- of or relating to the future; for the future or forward delivery: forward buying; a forward price.
- lying ahead or to the front: Take the forward path.
- radical or extreme, as persons or opinions: the forward trend in certain liberal thought.
- standing out from others (sometimes used in combination):fashion-forward celebrities; an herb with a strong, forward flavor.
- a player stationed in advance of others on a team.
- Football.a lineman.
- Basketball.either of two players stationed in the forecourt.
- Finance. something bought, as a security, for future delivery.
verb (used with object)
- to send forward; transmit, especially to a new address: to forward a letter.
- to advance or help onward; promote: The training will help to forward your career.
verb (used without object)
- to advance or play a cassette, digital recording, slide projector, etc., in the forward direction: Forward through the first few ballads to get to the dance tracks on this album.
- directed or moving ahead
- lying or situated in or near the front part of something
- presumptuous, pert, or impudenta forward remark
- well developed or advanced, esp in physical, material, or intellectual growth or developmentforward ideas
- archaic (often postpositive) ready, eager, or willing
- of or relating to the future or favouring change; progressive
- (in combination)forward-looking
- finance realting to fulfilment at a future date
- NZ (of an animal) in good condition
- an email that has been sent to one recipient and then forwarded to another
- (in American football) a lineman
- an attacking player in any of various sports, such as soccer, hockey, or basketball
- a variant of forwards
- (ˈfɔːwəd, nautical history ˈfɒrəd) towards the front or bow of an aircraft or ship
- into prominence or a position of being subject to public scrutiny; out; forththe witness came forward
- to send forward or pass on to an ultimate destinationthe letter was forwarded from a previous address
- to advance, help, or promoteto forward one’s career
- bookbinding to prepare (a book) for the finisher
1590s, “to help push forward,” from forward (adv.). Meaning “to send (a letter, etc.) on to another destination” is from 1757. Related: Forwarded; forwarding.
Old English, “the fore or front part” of something; see forward (adv.). The position in football so called since 1879.
see backward and forward; carry forward; come forward; from this day forward; know like a book (backwards and forwards); look forward; put forward; put one’s best foot forward; set forward.