Meaning of FORGE in English

I. ˈfō(ə)rj, -ȯ(ə)rj, -ōəj, -ȯ(ə)j noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin fabrica workshop of an artisan who works in hard materials, smithy, from fabr-, faber artisan, smith + -ica (from feminine of -icus -ic) — more at daft


a. : a place or establishment where iron or other metal is wrought by heating and hammering ; usually : a furnace or a shop with its furnace where metal is heated and wrought : smithy

b. : a workshop where wrought iron is produced directly from the ore or where iron is rendered malleable by puddling and shingling : shingling mill, bloomery

2. obsolete : manufacture , fabrication , production ; sometimes : the act of forging

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English forgen, from Middle French forgier, from Latin fabricare, facricari to fashion, construct, forge, from fabrica

transitive verb


a. : to form by heating and hammering : beat (as a metal) into a particular shape

Mars's armor forged for proof eterne — Shakespeare

b. : to form (metal) by a mechanical or hydraulic press with or without heat

2. : to form or shape out in any way : fashion , make , produce

attempting to forge an agreement between the conflicting groups

a man who has chosen to forge himself a coherent outlook sooner than surrender to disruptive tendencies — Cecil Sprigge

3. : to make or imitate falsely

did not hesitate to forge his own character references

forged rare postage stamps that fooled expert philatelists

specifically : to alter (a writing) in respect of a material matter with intent to defraud

he forged a check for $20

intransitive verb

1. : to work at a forge : do forging

2. : to commit forgery

living by trickery and forging

3. of a horse : to make a clicking noise by overreaching so that a hind shoe hits a fore shoe

Synonyms: see make

III. intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: origin unknown


a. : to move forward or ahead steadily but slowly or gradually

the ship continued to forge ahead after the sails were furled

b. : to move with a sudden increase of speed and power

the ship forged ahead as the breeze filled her sails

the runner forged into the lead in the stretch

2. : progress , advance

companies that forged to prominence on a single basic invention

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.