Meaning of FORWARD in English

adj., n., adv., & v.


1. lying in one's line of motion.

2 a onward or towards the front. b Naut. belonging to the fore part of a ship.

3 precocious; bold in manner; presumptuous.

4 Commerce relating to future produce, delivery, etc. (forward contract).

5 a advanced; progressing towards or approaching maturity or completion. b (of a plant etc.) well advanced or early.

--n. an attacking player positioned near the front of a team in football, hockey, etc.


1. to the front; into prominence (come forward; move forward).

2 in advance; ahead (sent them forward).

3 onward so as to make progress (not getting any further forward).

4 towards the future; continuously onwards (from this time forward).

5 (also forwards) a towards the front in the direction one is facing. b in the normal direction of motion or of traversal. c with continuous forward motion (backwards and forwards; rushing forward).

6 Naut. & Aeron. in, near, or towards the bow or nose.

1. a send (a letter etc.) on to a further destination. b dispatch (goods etc.) (forwarding agent).

2 help to advance; promote.

Phrases and idioms:

forward-looking progressive; favouring change.


forwarder n. forwardly adv. forwardness n. (esp. in sense 3 of adj.).

Etymology: OE forweard, var. of forthweard (as FORTH, -WARD)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.