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English adjective: forward

1. forward at or near or directed toward the front

SamplesThe forward section of the aircraft.
A forward plunge down the stairs.
Forward motion.

Similarfull-face, gardant, guardant, headfirst, headlong

See alsofore, progressive


2. forward used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty

SamplesA forward child badly in need of discipline.

Similarassuming, assumptive, brash, bumptious, cheeky, fresh, impertinent, impudent, nervy, overbold, overfamiliar, presumptuous, sassy, saucy, self-assertive, smart, wise

See alsobold


3. forward of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle

SamplesIn a forward gear.


4. forward moving forward

Synonymsadvancing, forward-moving



English noun: forward

1. forward (person) the person who plays the position of forward in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey

Broader (hypernym)basketball player, basketeer, cager

Instance hyponymDr. J, Erving, Julius Erving, Julius Winfield Erving

2. forward (act) a position on a basketball, soccer, or hockey team

Broader (hypernym)position

Member meronymbasketball team, five

English adverb: forward

1. forward at or to or toward the front

SamplesHe faced forward.
Step forward.
She practiced sewing backward as well as frontward on her new sewing machine.

Synonymsforrad, forrard, forwards, frontward, frontwards

Domain usageaccent, dialect, idiom

Antonymsbackward, backwards, rearward, rearwards, back

2. forward forward in time or order or degree

SamplesFrom that time forth.
From the sixth century onward.

Synonymsforth, onward

3. forward toward the future; forward in time

SamplesI like to look ahead in imagination to what the future may bring.
I look forward to seeing you.


Antonymsbackward, back

4. forward in a forward direction

SamplesGo ahead.
The train moved ahead slowly.
The boat lurched ahead.
Moved onward into the forest.
They went slowly forward in the mud.

Synonymsahead, forrader, forwards, onward, onwards

5. forward near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane

SamplesThe captain went fore (or forward) to check the instruments.


Antonymsabaft, aft, astern

English verb: forward

1. forward (motion) send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit

SamplesForward my mail.

ExamplesThey forward the parcel to their parents, They forward them the parcel

Synonymssend on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)send, ship, transport

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