Definition of forward adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfɔːwəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrwərd//
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  1. 1  [only before noun] directed or moving towards the front The door opened, blocking his forward movement. a forward pass (= in a sports game)
  2. 2[only before noun] (specialist) 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 towards somebody in a manner which is too confident or too informal I hope you don't think I'm being too forward. See related entries: Confident
  5. compare backward
    Word OriginOld English forweard (in the sense ‘towards the future’, as in from this day forward), variant of forthweard (see forth, -ward).
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