Definition of fore in English:



  • attributive Situated or placed in front.

    ‘the fore and hind pairs of wings’
    • ‘His Mare's Leg sure looked deadly hung on a hook on his belt by the saddle ring while the fore end snapped into a spring clip on his leg.’
    • ‘The nose radome is slightly flattened at the fore section and has a horizontal edge to optimise the aircraft's anti-spin characteristics.’
    • ‘He wasn't authorized to do so, but he had installed a pair of Laser Canons on his fore stern.’
    • ‘If Crosman has made any changes to this thing in 20 years, I think it was limited to replacing the crummy wood grip and fore end with crummy-looking wood-grain plastic.’
    • ‘Mom and Dad pedaled aft while my brother, Kevin, and I perched on the fore seats, entrusted with the task of steering.’
    • ‘Upon him sitting down, the chair slowly began to turn in a half-circle, until the entire fore half of the bridge was visible.’
    • ‘He worked with the buckeye butterfly, which has bold bull's-eye spots on its fore and hind wings.’
    • ‘Lightning and thunder spooked the horses more than we had anticipated, and though we tried to retain control of the animals, they bolted, the three of us gripping the fore ridge of our saddles as the horses raced on and on.’
    • ‘The wood on this commemorative is exceptionally well-figured walnut with both the fore end and grip area nicely checkered.’
    • ‘A valve member is provided at a fore end of the movable part.’
    • ‘Curious, the Bard then climbed within and settled into the seat behind a wooden wheel attached to a shaft sprouting from the fore end of the cabin.’
    • ‘The Lady of Dreams slowed to a crawl, and the fore section split apart down a seam in the middle that ended where the huge smiley-face began.’
    • ‘The shooting hand holds the rifle above the pistol grip and the fore end of the stock is cradled in the crook of the left arm.’
    • ‘For all parents and offspring we therefore measured left and right wing length and width and hind, mid, and fore tibia length.’
    • ‘When there were none I opened the bottle and poured a small amount upon the comb and began to comb it through the fore pieces of her hair.’
    • ‘Suddenly, the red glare that filled the bridge of the Red Warrior disappeared; eyes were wide and jaws were hanging open as the crew gazed out the fore view ports.’
    • ‘This conclusion is supported by the morphology of the fore and hind limbs which are difficult to interpret as load-bearing structures; rather, they appear to be designed for swimming.’
    • ‘Surveys at Discovery Bay showed that Diadema reappeared on the shallow fore reef after 1996, accompanied by drastically reduced macroalgal cover.’
    • ‘Accuracy went north after the fore stock slightly warped away from the barrel, essentially free-floating it.’
    • ‘He found the fore hatch off and also the lazarett hatch off with a great deal of water between decks.’


  • The front part of something, especially a ship.

    • ‘In the '60s, the Beatles were the fore of the counter culture, unpredictable and daring.’
    • ‘His suspicions against his friend were not at the fore of his thoughts as he'd expected them to be, and he did not even stop to wonder at Isabella's whereabouts.’
    • ‘His last visit to her home had been bittersweet, but the question that it had raised was now at the fore of his thoughts.’
    • ‘The questions and issues we place at the fore of our claims of faith are constantly being explored in today's multimedia.’
    • ‘The divine light guides him to the fore, even if it is the fore of the sacrificial altar.’
    • ‘The performance is taut, the tension is intense, and the timpani and trombones are given their rightful place in the fore of the score.’
    • ‘The ships heaved on the surface of the sea, huge iron-grey breakers pouring over the brilliant red vessels and the single golden on that gleamed proudly at the fore of the arrowhead.’
    • ‘Doremi was now returning aft, and walked to below the fore of the sterncastle, tears streaming down her face.’
    • ‘The vanishing point in painting was a technique used to show perspective in art, i.e., larger objects at the fore with objects getting smaller the further back you go.’
    • ‘Geologist Ward and astronomer Brownlee are at the fore of this exciting new field and join forces here to illuminate likely scenarios for the end of Earth.’
    • ‘The aim is to ensure that the business interests and economic viability of the town are at the fore of any decisions made on future implementation of these plans.’
    • ‘The fore of the vessel was dominated by a large sinister-looking cone, covered in windows, circuits, cargobays doors and a several coats of golden paint.’
    • ‘Politicians are at the fore of the lawbreakers even though they are required to protect it most because they legislate the various rules and regulations designed to ensure social justice.’
    • ‘The world was opened up to trade and industry, with British iron, railways, ships, capital, and expertise in the fore.’
    • ‘As long as economic recovery is at the fore of Japanese domestic politics, METI will continue to dominate the other ministries on external policy.’
    • ‘Crabs are sun lovers, but can be placed at the fore of taller shade trees.’
    • ‘Sonia climbed regally out of her stateroom in the fore of the ship.’
    • ‘He called on the relevant Ministers to introduce structures that would enable Regional Authorities to be the democratic fore for local input into the health services.’
    • ‘Further, dialogue isn't at the fore of the sound mix, as it should be, especially for a dramatic film.’
    • ‘And some of these companies I noticed weren't companies that were exactly at the fore of the business world right now.’


  • Called out as a warning to people in the path of a golf ball.

    be on your guard, watch out, look out, mind out, be wary, be careful, be cautious, be on the lookout, be on the alert, keep your eyes open, keep a sharp lookout, be on the qui vive
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  • ‘'fore you know it, you're in trouble’
    non-standard form of before
    • ‘I've got to formulate a plot fore I end up in jail or shot’
    • ‘So he caught the bus and there was a stop just fore the finish mark by the State Hotel and he walked casually across the line.’


  • to the fore

    • In or to a conspicuous or leading position.

      ‘the succession issue came to the fore’
      • ‘When the players compiled their list this time round, many of the same issues returned to the fore.’
      • ‘At no time in history has the issue of human rights come to the fore as in the current era.’
      • ‘There is a valid reason for bringing such critical questions to the fore at the outset itself.’
      • ‘Nowhere in the play do readership issues come to the fore more strikingly than in the five choral odes.’
      • ‘It is important that we not only recognise but celebrate our heritage and this is just way of bringing it to the fore.’
      • ‘Like it or not, these issues of identity will come to the fore in the inevitable euro referendum.’
      • ‘I dare say over the coming few weeks you will see those issues come out to the fore.’
      • ‘When work amongst women is taken seriously then many more women will come to the fore and take leading positions.’
      • ‘They are brought to the fore only on rare occasions like when you make a trip back home.’
      • ‘Already the Italian has ridden to the fore in major World Cup races in the current campaign.’
      predominant, most important, of greatest importance, to the fore, foremost, top, dominant, preponderant, principal, leading, greatest, chief, main, paramount, major
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Old English (as a preposition, also in the sense ‘before in time, previously’): of Germanic origin; related to Dutch voor and German vor. The adjective and noun represent the prefix fore- used independently (late 15th century).