Meaning of FORWARD in English



1. towards the front

2. to move forward




to make progress when you are trying to do something : ↑ PROGRESS/MAKE PROGRESS

see also



1. towards the front

▷ forward also forwards British /ˈfɔːʳwəʳd(z)/ [adverb]

towards the front :

▪ She leaned forward and whispered ‘I love you’ in his ear.

▪ I pushed my way forwards to the front of the crowd in order to get a better view.

▪ Bill took two steps forward and shook Mark’s hand.

▪ Sit facing forward with your legs straight out in front of you.

▪ She had her back towards me, her head bent forwards over a book.

▪ Frank’s fair hair fell forward into his eyes in a very attractive way.

▷ ahead /əˈhed/ [adverb]

if someone or something moves ahead, looks ahead etc, they move or look towards a place in front of them :

▪ The doctor strode ahead to the end of the corridor, and waited there for the others to catch up.

▪ He stuck his head out of the window but it was impossible to see ahead through the fog.

straight ahead

directly ahead

▪ Devraux stared straight ahead, without looking at his son.

▷ on /ɒnǁɑːn, ɔːn/ [adverb]

if someone or something moves on, they continue moving forward in order to get to a particular place :

▪ He walked on without even stopping to say hello.

▪ Keep on in this direction for about 100 metres, and you’ll see the bank on your left.

straight on

directly ahead

▪ Go straight on to the end of this road, then turn left.

▷ onward also onwards British /ˈɒnwəʳd(z)ǁˈɑːn-, ˈɔːn-/ [adverb] written

if someone or something moves, travels etc onward, they move or travel forward, especially in order to continue a journey :

▪ We wandered slowly onwards, pausing now and again to admire the view.

▪ Traffic police stood at various points, waving the motorists onward.

2. to move forward

▷ advance /ədˈvɑːnsǁ-ˈvæns/ [intransitive verb]

if a person or army advances, they move forward in a slow and determined way, for example in order to attack someone :

▪ The plane slowly advanced down the runway and then paused, ready for take-off.

▪ Villagers hid in the hills as the troops advanced.

advance across/into/through etc

▪ In early 1940 the army began to advance across France.

▷ move up /ˌmuːv ˈʌp/ [intransitive phrasal verb]

if you move up when you are in a line of people or vehicles, you move forward into the position that is just in front of where you were before :

▪ Could you guys at the front move up a bit?

move up the line

▪ The bank clerks seemed to be working really slowly as I moved up the line.

move up next to/alongside etc

▪ Suddenly a car moved up alongside Joseph and the driver shouted something at him.

▷ nose /nəʊz/ [intransitive verb]

if a vehicle noses through or into something, it moves forward slowly and carefully in order to avoid hitting things in its way :

nose through/past/in etc

▪ The Rolls Royce slowly nosed through the crowds, and drew up outside the hotel.

nose your way

▪ A ship was nosing its way through the small fishing boats in the harbour.

▷ surge /sɜːʳdʒ/ [intransitive verb]

if a crowd of people surges forward, they suddenly move forward together :

surge forward

▪ The new barriers are designed to give way if spectators surge forward too violently.

surge across/through/into

▪ Demonstrators surged through the streets, demanding the President’s resignation.

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