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(1)   Moving toward a position ahead
"Forward motion"
"The onward course of events"
(2)   At or near or directed toward the front
"The forward section of the aircraft"
"A forward plunge down the stairs"
"Forward motion"
(3)   Of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle
"In a forward gear"
(4)   Used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty
"A forward child badly in need of discipline"
(5)   Moving forward


(6)   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"
(7)   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)
(8)   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"
(9)   Forward in time or order or degree
"From that time forth"
"From the sixth century onward"
(10)   Near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane
"The captain went fore (or forward) to check the instruments"


(11)   A position on a basketball team
(12)   The person who plays the position of forward on a basketball team


(13)   Send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit
"Forward my mail"


  1. Towards the front or at the front.
    The fire was confined to the forward portion of the store.
  2. Without customary restraint
    I thought his suggestion that we move in together was rather forward.
    1999: "Would you think it forward of me to kiss you?" asked Tristran. — Neil Gaiman, Stardust, pg. 44 (2001 Perennial paperback edition).
  3. Expected in the future.
    The stock price is currently 12 times forward earnings.

Usage notes

  • The superlative forwardmost can be used for the "toward or at the front" sense. There does not appear to be a "forwardmore".


  • (at the front): anterior, front
  • (without customary restraint): fresh, impertinent
  • (expected in the future): forecast, predicted


  • (at the front): back, posterior, rear
  • (without customary restraint): restrained
  • (expected in the future): past


  1. Towards the front or from the front.
    The bus driver told everyone standing up to move forward.
  2. In the usual direction of travel.
    After spending an hour stuck in the mud, we could once again move forward.
  3. Into the future.
    From this day forward, there will be no more brussels sprouts at the cafeteria.


  • (towards the front): forwards
  • (in the usual direction of travel): ahead, forth, on, onward, onwards
  • (into the future): forth, forwards, hereon, on, onward, onwards



  1. To send (something received) to a third party.
    I'll be glad to forward your mail to you while you're gone.


  1. one of the eight players whose primary task is to maintain possession of the ball (compare back)
  2. A player on a team in football (soccer) in the row nearest to the opposing team's goal, who are therefore principally responsible for scoring goals.
  3. : An umbrella term for a centre or winger in ice hockey.
  4. : The small forward or power forward position.
  5. : The front part of a vessel.