American English

Definition of forward adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(also forwards) toward 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. opposite back, backward
  2. 2toward 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. opposite backward
  3. 3toward 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
  4. 4earlier; sooner It was decided to bring the meeting forward two weeks.
  5. 5(technology) in or toward the front part of a ship or plane The main cabin is situated forward of (= in front of) the mast. see also look forward to something, put yourself/somebodyforward
  6. Idioms
    backward and forward
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    from one place or position to another and back again many times She rocked backward and forward on her chair.
    the clocks go forward/back
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    the time changes officially, for example at the beginning and end of summer
    going/moving forward (formal or business)
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    in the future, starting from now We have a very solid financial position going forward. The strategy going forward is still undecided. Moving forward, we need to have a real plan.
    put your best foot forward
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    to make a great effort to do something, especially if it is difficult or you are feeling tired
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: forward