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Meaning of forward

for•ward

Pronunciation: (fôr'wurd), [key]
— adv.
  1. toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward; ahead: to move forward; from this day forward; to look forward.
  2. toward the front: Let's move forward so we can hear better.
  3. into view or consideration; out; forth: He brought forward several good suggestions.
  4. toward the bow or front of a vessel or aircraft.
  5. ahead (defs. 4, 5).
—adj.
  1. directed toward a point in advance; moving ahead; onward: a forward motion.
  2. being in a condition of advancement; well-advanced: It was quite forward in the season when we finished our planting.
  3. ready, prompt, or eager.
  4. presumptuous, impertinent, or bold: a rude, forward child.
  5. situated in the front or forepart: the forward part of the ship.
  6. of or pertaining to the future; for the future or forward delivery: forward buying; a forward price.
  7. lying ahead or to the front: Take the forward path.
  8. radical or extreme, as persons or opinions: the forward trend in certain liberal thought.
—n.
    1. a player stationed in advance of others on a team.
    2. Football.a lineman.
    3. Basketball.either of two players stationed in the forecourt.
  1. something bought, as a security, for future delivery.
—v.t.
  1. to send forward; transmit, esp. to a new address: to forward a letter.
  2. to advance or help onward; promote: The training will help to forward your career.
—v.i.
  1. to advance or play a mechanism, recording tape, cassette, etc., in the forward direction: to find a musical selection without forwarding through the whole cassette.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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