Definition of fore in English:



  • [attributive] Situated or placed in front:

    ‘the fore and hind pairs of wings’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Surveys at Discovery Bay showed that Diadema reappeared on the shallow fore reef after 1996, accompanied by drastically reduced macroalgal cover.’
    • ‘Upon him sitting down, the chair slowly began to turn in a half-circle, until the entire fore half of the bridge was visible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He found the fore hatch off and also the lazarett hatch off with a great deal of water between decks.’
    • ‘A valve member is provided at a fore end of the movable part.’
    • ‘He worked with the buckeye butterfly, which has bold bull's-eye spots on its fore and hind wings.’
    • ‘The wood on this commemorative is exceptionally well-figured walnut with both the fore end and grip area nicely checkered.’
    • ‘Accuracy went north after the fore stock slightly warped away from the barrel, essentially free-floating it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For all parents and offspring we therefore measured left and right wing length and width and hind, mid, and fore tibia length.’
    • ‘The nose radome is slightly flattened at the fore section and has a horizontal edge to optimise the aircraft's anti-spin characteristics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He wasn't authorized to do so, but he had installed a pair of Laser Canons on his fore stern.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mom and Dad pedaled aft while my brother, Kevin, and I perched on the fore seats, entrusted with the task of steering.’
    • ‘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.’


  • to the fore

    • In or to a conspicuous or leading position:

      ‘the succession issue came to the fore’
      • ‘Like it or not, these issues of identity will come to the fore in the inevitable euro referendum.’
      • ‘When work amongst women is taken seriously then many more women will come to the fore and take leading positions.’
      • ‘When the players compiled their list this time round, many of the same issues returned to the fore.’
      • ‘I dare say over the coming few weeks you will see those issues come out to the fore.’
      • ‘They are brought to the fore only on rare occasions like when you make a trip back home.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is important that we not only recognise but celebrate our heritage and this is just way of bringing it to the fore.’
      • ‘Already the Italian has ridden to the fore in major World Cup races in the current campaign.’
      • ‘Nowhere in the play do readership issues come to the fore more strikingly than in the five choral odes.’
      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).