Alternative forms Edit
Etymology 1 Edit
, from Middle English Old English ( foreweard “ condition, bargain, agreement, contract, treaty, assurance ”), equivalent to + fore- ( ward “ ward, keeping ”). Cognate with Scots ( forward “ covenant, compact ”), Dutch ( voorwaarde “ condition, terms, proviso, stipulation ”). More at , fore- . ward
forward ( plural ) forwards
( dialectal or obsolete ) Agreement; covenant.
Etymology 2 Edit
Middle English , from foreward Old English ( foreweard “ forward, inclined to the front, fore, early, former ”), from Proto-Germanic ( *fura- “ fore- ”), ( *warþaz “ turned ”), equivalent to + fore . Cognate with -ward Dutch ( voorwaarts “ forward ”), German ( vorwärts “ forward ”).
forward ( comparative , more forward superlative ) most forward Toward the front or at the front.
The fire was confined to the forward portion of the store.
the forward gun in a ship, or the forward ship in a fleet Without customary restraint or modesty.
I thought his suggestion that we move in together was rather forward.
1999: "Would you think it — Neil Gaiman, forward of me to kiss you?" asked Tristran. Stardust, pg. 44 (2001 Perennial paperback edition).
( finance ) Expected in the future.
The stock price is currently 12 times forward earnings. Ready; prompt; strongly inclined; in a bad sense,
overready or hasty.
Bible, Gal. ii. 10
Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was
forward to do. Shakespeare
Nor do we find him
forward to be sounded. Advanced beyond the usual degree; advanced for the season.
The grass is forward, or forward for the season. We have a forward spring. Shakespeare
forward bud / Is eaten by the canker ere it blow.
Usage notes Edit
forwardmost can be used for the "toward or at the front" sense. There does not appear to be a "forwardmore".
without customary restraint
forward ( comparative , further forward superlative ) furthest forward
Towards the front or from the front.
The bus driver told everyone standing up to move forward. In the usual direction of travel.
After spending an hour stuck in the mud, we could once again move forward. Into the future.
From this day forward, there will be no more brussels sprouts at the cafeteria.
Derived terms Edit
towards the front
前に ( (ja) まえに, mae ni), 前方 ( (ja) ぜんぽう, zenpō) Norwegian:
do przodu Portuguese:
, para frente , adiante avante Russian:
вперёд ( (ru) vperjód), дальше ( (ru) dálʹše), далее ( (ru) dáleje) Serbo-Croatian:
, напред напријед Roman:
, napred naprijed Spanish:
adelante , (es) avante Swedish:
framåt (sv) Turkish:
ileri , (tr) , ileriye öne Urdu:
آگے ( (ur) āge) Vietnamese:
trên (lit: up)
in the usual direction of travel
into the future
voorwaarts, voort Finnish:
lähtien , (fi) eteenpäin (fi) French:
à partir de (fr) ( before the noun , ) ( "from this day forward" ) à partir d' aujourd'hui German:
ab , (de) ( "from this day forward" ) ab diesem Tag Hindi:
( भविष्य मे bhaviṣya me) Hungarian:
ezután , (hu) , kezdve fogva Japanese:
後 ( (ja) あと, ato, のち, noch, ご, go)
forward ( third-person singular simple present , forwards present participle , forwarding simple past and past participle ) forwarded
( transitive ) To advance, promote.
1941, W Somerset Maugham, Up at the Villa, Vintage 2004, p. 26:
Mary had a suspicion that this plan had been arranged beforehand, for she knew how the lewd old woman loved to
forward love affairs […].
( transitive ) To send (a letter, email etc.) to a third party.
I'll be glad to forward your mail to you while you're gone.
( send (something received) to a third party ) : pass on
Derived terms Edit
send (something received) to a third party
, 轉發 转发 ( (zh) zhuǎnfā) Czech:
välittää, lähettää eteenpäin German:
, nachsenden weiterleiten (de) Greek:
προωθώ ( (el) proothó), προάγω ( (el) proágo) Hindi:
( अग्रसरित करना agrasrit karnā), ( भेजना bhejnā), ( आगे को चलता करना āge ko caltā karnā) Hungarian:
továbbít (hu) Italian:
, inoltrare trasmettere (it) Japanese:
送る ( (ja) おくる, okuru), ( 渡す わたす, watasu), ( 送り渡す おくりわたす, okuriwatasu), 届ける ( (ja) とどける, todokeru), ( 転送する てんそうする, tensō suru), ( 回送する かいそうする, kaisō suru) Norwegian:
repassar (pt) Russian:
пересылать ( (ru) peresylátʹ) , impf . переслать ( (ru) pereslátʹ) , pf . переправлять ( (ru) perepravljátʹ) , impf . переправить ( (ru) pereprávitʹ) pf . Serbo-Croatian:
, проследити , отпослати , пренијети послати Roman:
, proslediti , otposlati , prenijeti poslati Spanish:
yollamak , (tr) göndermek , (tr) sevk etmek (tr) Vietnamese:
, gửi tiếp gởi tiếp
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Esperanto: antaŭe de (forward of), antaŭen (forwards)
forward ( plural ) forwards
( rugby ) one of the eight players (comprising two props, one hooker, two locks, two flankers and one number eight, collectively known as the pack) whose primary task is to gain and maintain possession of the ball (compare back).
( soccer ) 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.
( ice hockey ) An umbrella term for a centre or winger in ice hockey.
( basketball ) The small forward or power forward position; two frontcourt positions that are taller than guards but shorter than centers.
( nautical ) The front part of a vessel.
( Internet ) An e-mail message that is forwarded to another recipient or recipients; an electronic chain letter.
2004, Tamara Stevens, What Is Snail Mail?: The Lost Art of Letterwriting (page 27)
When you receive your new pen-pal's email address, do not automatically put it in your address book and use the email Addy to send '
forwards' to. Not every pen pal likes 'forwards', especially jokes and meaningless emails.
2009, Joli Ballew, Windows 7 for the Over 50s in Simple Steps
This method attaches the files to a new email, which is fine if you want to create a new email. The only problem with this is that it doesn't work if you'd rather send
forwards or replies.
Common misconstruction of . foreword
player nearest to the opposing soccer team
centre or winger in ice hockey
small forward or power forward position
foreword, meaning a preface or introduction
Statistics Edit Last modified on 25 November 2013, at 17:34