Meaning of FORWARD in English

I. for ‧ ward 1 S1 W1 /ˈfɔːwəd $ ˈfɔːrwərd/ BrE AmE ( also forwards /-wədz $ -wərdz/) adverb

1 . towards a place or position that is in front of you OPP backwards :

He leaned forward, his elbows resting on the table.

The crowd surged forwards.

She took another small step forward.

2 . towards greater progress, improvement, or development:

We agreed that the sensible way forward was for a new company to be formed.

After the Labour Party conference, he stated that we could now go forward as a united party.

Britain is now ready to move forward.

3 . towards the future in a way that is hopeful OPP backwards :

I felt that at last I could begin to look forward.

4 . from that/this day/time/moment etc forward beginning on that day or at that time:

They never met again from that day forward.

5 . go forward to/into to successfully complete one stage of a competition so that you are able to compete in the next stage:

South Korea went forward into the next round of the World Cup.

6 . if you put a clock or a watch forward, you change it so that it shows a later time, for example when the time changes to ↑ British Summer Time OPP back :

We put our watches forward by 2 hours.

The clocks go forward this weekend.

7 . in or towards the front part of a ship

⇨ ↑ fast-forward , ⇨ look forward to something at ↑ look 1 , ⇨ backwards and forwards at ↑ backwards (5)

II. forward 2 S2 W3 BrE AmE adjective

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: foreweard , from fore- + -ward ]

1 . [only before noun] closer to a person, place, or position that is in front of you OPP backward :

Army roadblocks prevented any further forward movement.

Always enter or leave a helicopter from a forward direction.

2 . forward planning/thinking plans, ideas etc that are helpful in a way that prepares you for the future:

With a bit of forward planning we make sure your budget goes as far as possible.

3 . no further forward not having made much progress, especially compared to what was expected:

We are no further forward in solving the crime.

4 . [only before noun] at or near the front of a ship, vehicle, building etc OPP rear :

We sat in one of the forward sections of the train.

5 . formal too confident and friendly in dealing with people you do not know very well:

My father thinks she’s far too forward for a young girl.

III. forward 3 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

1 . to send letters, goods etc to someone when they have moved to a different address SYN send on :

Would you make sure that you forward my mail promptly?

2 . to send letters, information etc to someone

forward something to somebody

Flight times will be forwarded to you with your travel documentation.

3 . formal to help something to develop so that it becomes successful SYN further :

a good chance to forward my career

IV. forward 4 BrE AmE noun [countable]

an attacking player on a team in sports such as football and ↑ basketball ⇨ back , defender

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.