Meaning of FORWARD in English

/ ˈfɔːwəd; NAmE ˈfɔːrwərd/ adverb , adjective , verb , noun

■ adverb


(also for·wards especially in BrE ) towards a place or position that is in front :

She leaned forward and kissed him on the cheek.

He took two steps forward.

They ran forward to welcome her.

OPP back , backward(s)


towards a good result :

We consider this agreement to be an important step forward .

Cutting our costs is the only way forward .

We are not getting any further forward with the discussion.

The project will go forward (= continue) as planned.

OPP backward(s)


towards the future; ahead in time :

Looking forward , we hope to expand our operations in several of our overseas branches.

The next scene takes the story forward five years.

( old use )

from this day forward


earlier; sooner :

It was decided to bring the meeting forward two weeks.


( technical ) in or towards the front part of a ship or plane :

The main cabin is situated forward of (= in front of) the mast.

—see also look forward , put forward


see backward(s) , clock noun , foot noun

■ adjective


[ only before noun ] directed or moving towards the front :

The door opened, blocking his forward movement .

a forward pass (= in a sports game)


[ only before noun ] ( technical ) located in front, especially on a ship, plane or other vehicle :

the forward cabins

A bolt may have fallen off the plane's forward door.


relating to the future :

the forward movement of history

A little forward planning at the outset can save you a lot of expense.

The plans are still no further forward than they were last month.


behaving towards sb in a manner which is too confident or too informal :

I hope you don't think I'm being too forward.

—compare backward

■ verb


forward sth (to sb) | forward (sb) sth ( formal ) to send or pass goods or information to sb :

[ vn , vnn ]

We will be forwarding our new catalogue to you next week.

We will be forwarding you our new catalogue next week.

[ vn ]

to forward a request / complaint / proposal


[ vn ] forward sth (to sb) to send a letter, etc. received at the address a person used to live at to their new address

SYN send on :

Could you forward any mail to us in New York?

I put 'please forward' on the envelope.


[ vn ] ( formal ) to help to improve or develop sth

SYN further :

He saw the assignment as a way to forward his career.

—see also fast-forward

■ noun

an attacking player whose position is near the front of a team in some sports

—compare back



Old English forweard (in the sense towards the future , as in from this day forward ), variant of forthweard (see forth , -ward ).

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.