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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /fɔː/
- (General American) IPA(key): /fɔɹ/
- (rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /fo(ː)ɹ/
- (non-rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /foə/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)
- Homophones: four, for (in accents with the horse–hoarse merger)
A development of the prefix fore-.
- (obsolete) Former; occurring earlier (in some order); previous. [15th-18th c.]
- the fore part of the day
- Forward; situated towards the front (of something). [from 16th c.]
- the fore end of a wagon
- 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 23:
- Crystal vases with crimson roses and golden-brown asters were set here and there in the fore part of the shop […]
- The front; the forward part of something; the foreground.
- The fore was painted white.
- 2002, Mark Bevir, The Logic of the History of Ideas:
- People face a dilemma whenever they bring to the fore an understanding that appears inadequate in the light of the other beliefs they bring to bear on it.
fore (not comparable)
- In the part that precedes or goes first; opposed to aft, after, back, behind, etc.
- (obsolete) Formerly; previously; afore.
- The eyes, fore duteous, now converted are.
- (nautical) In or towards the bows of a ship.
- (archaic) simple past tense of
- Mixed mutation of .
- first-person singular present indicative of
- third-person singular present indicative of
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of
- second-person singular imperative of
Formally present active infinitive corresponding to fuī (“I have been”), irregular perfect indicative of sum (“I am”). From Proto-Indo-European *bʰuH- (“to become, be”), cognate with Old English bēo (“I become, I will be, I am”). In classical Latin, the fu- forms of sum are mostly limited to the perfect tenses, but old Latin has alternate present and imperfect subjunctive forms fuam and forem (for classical sim and essem) suggesting the root could once be fully conjugated. After being incorporated in the conjugation of sum, the meaning of fore shifted from the original "to become" to the classical "to be going to be".
- Also used in the construction fore ut in place of a future passive infinitive in indirect discourse:
- Crēdō fore ut ea laudētur.
- I believe she will be praised.
- (literally, “I believe it to be going to be that she is praised.”)
- fore in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- fore in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- fore in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
- fore in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
- (North Wales) (standard) (colloquial) IPA(key): /ˈvɔrɛ/
- (South Wales) IPA(key): /ˈvoːrɛ/, /ˈvɔrɛ/
- Soft mutation of .
|Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every|
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.