Meaning of FORWARD in English

I. ˈfȯr-wərd, also ˈfō- or ˈfȯ-, Southern also ˈfär- adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English foreweard, from fore- + -weard -ward

Date: before 12th century


a. : near, being at, or belonging to the forepart

b. : situated in advance


a. : strongly inclined : ready

b. : lacking modesty or reserve : brash

3. : notably advanced or developed : precocious

4. : moving, tending, or leading toward a position in front ; also : moving toward an opponent's goal


a. : advocating an advanced policy in the direction of what is considered progress

b. : extreme , radical

6. : of, relating to, or getting ready for the future

forward buying of produce

• for·ward·ly adverb

• for·ward·ness noun

II. adverb

Date: before 12th century

: to or toward what is ahead or in front

from that time forward

moved slowly forward

III. transitive verb

Date: 1596

1. : to help onward : promote

forward ed his friend's career


a. : to send forward : transmit

will forward the goods on receipt of your check

b. : to send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit

forward mail

Synonyms: see advance

IV. noun

Date: 1879

: a player who plays at the front of his team's formation near the goal at which his team is attempting to score

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.