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Definition of forward adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[only before noun] directed or moving toward the front The door opened, blocking his forward movement. a forward pass (= in a sports game)
  2. 2[only before noun] (technology) 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.
  3. 3relating 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.
  4. 4behaving toward someone in a manner that is too confident or too informal I hope you don't think I'm being too forward. compare backward
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: forward