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forge

See also: forgé

EnglishEdit

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Etymology 1Edit

From Old French forge, early Old French faverge, from Latin fabrica (workshop), from faber (workman in hard materials, smith) (genitive fabri).

NounEdit

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forge (plural forges)

  1. Furnace or hearth where metals are heated prior to hammering them into shape.
  2. Workshop in which metals are shaped by heating and hammering them.
  3. The act of beating or working iron or steel.
    • Francis Bacon
      In the greater bodies the forge was easy.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Anglo-Norman forger, from Old French forgier, from Latin fabrico (to frame, construct, build).

VerbEdit

forge (third-person singular simple present forges, present participle forging, simple past and past participle forged)

  1. (metallurgy) To shape a metal by heating and hammering.
    • Shakespeare
      Mars's armor forged for proof eterne
  2. To form or create with concerted effort.
    The politician's recent actions are an effort to forge a relationship with undecided voters.
    • John Locke
      Those names that the schools forged, and put into the mouth of scholars, could never get admittance into common use.
    • Tennyson
      [] do forge a life-long trouble for ourselves.
  3. To create a forgery of; to make a counterfeit item of; to copy or imitate unlawfully.
    He had to forge his ex-wife's signature.
    The jury learned the documents had been forged.
  4. To make falsely; to produce, as that which is untrue or not genuine; to fabricate.
    • Hudibras
      That paltry story is untrue, / And forged to cheat such gulls as you.
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Etymology 3Edit

Make way, move ahead, most likely an alteration of force, but perhaps from forge (n.), via notion of steady hammering at something. Originally nautical, in referrence to vessels.

VerbEdit

forge (third-person singular simple present forges, present participle forging, simple past and past participle forged)

  1. (often as forge ahead) To move forward heavily and slowly (originally as a ship); to advance gradually but steadily; to proceed towards a goal in the face of resistance or difficulty.
    The party of explorers forged through the thick underbrush.
    We decided to forge ahead with our plans even though our biggest underwriter backed out.
    • De Quincey
      And off she [a ship] forged without a shock.
  2. (sometimes as forge ahead) To advance, move or act with an abrupt increase in speed or energy.
    With seconds left in the race, the runner forged into first place.
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PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

forge f (plural forges)

  1. forge (workshop)
  2. forge (furnace)

VerbEdit

forge

  1. first-person singular present indicative of forger
  2. third-person singular present indicative of forger
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of forger
  4. first-person singular present subjunctive of forger
  5. second-person singular imperative of forger

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NounEdit

forge f (oblique plural forges, nominative singular forge, nominative plural forges)

  1. forge (workshop)

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