Main definitions of forge in English

: forge1forge2

forge1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Make or shape (a metal object) by heating it in a fire or furnace and hammering it.

    ‘he forged a great suit of black armour’
    • ‘The metalworkers' yard nearby, which forges and shapes metal to various forms, is unable to fire his poetic imagination, on this occasion.’
    • ‘For the tests, an 11 in. square cast ingot was forged to a 4 in. thick slab.’
    • ‘There was knowledge a plenty in the area about how to mine, refine, and forge the metal.’
    • ‘In the former case, the figure's head was chopped off and posted as a trophy, and the remaining metal was forged into bullets.’
    • ‘I couldn't forge the metal or work the lathes, even the basic woodworking tools were far enough removed from the convenience of power tools that I had trouble with them.’
    • ‘She taught me to forge iron bells out of nails hammered into the shape of feathers.’
    • ‘Offerings have to be prepared four times in the course of the kris making: when the job is about to begin, to forge the metal, to plate it and to bathe it.’
    • ‘Tight faceting suggests plumage, but those feathers could be forged of sheet metal.’
    • ‘I wasn't sure I knew how to forge a metal like that, let alone how to make the synthetic compounds that made the stock and foregrip.’
    • ‘The hilt was of the strongest metal, and was forged in the manner of Dragon Wings, flaring towards the point of the Sword.’
    • ‘For a dark blade such as this, the metal is forged in a magical fire of burning ice.’
    • ‘I had one forged from a white metal, capable of piercing almost any armour worn by man.’
    • ‘One of the Corps most iconic recruiting commercials showed a sword being forged by pressure and fire, a metaphor for the process of boot camp and training.’
    • ‘When his weightbelt was forged for him in the Bessemer blast furnace at Cargo Fleet, it was transported as an abnormal load down the A1 on a low-loader with a Scammell tractor at either end.’
    • ‘There are also shots of a gold-adorned cleric baptising a baby and a new mother holding her infant, both sporting bracelets forged from the precious metal.’
    • ‘While at Arthur Leek, he used his skills as a tool-maker to forge the hammers and chisels he still uses today.’
    • ‘He forged the metal with his own hands and put into it his will to rule all of the lands around him and for his sons to rule all of the lands around them.’
    • ‘When he touched it with his hands the door gave way at once though its bands were forged in fire.’
    • ‘While many of his peers buy their Damascus steel from artisans, Kirk forges his own and shapes it to perfection.’
    • ‘These blessed states are partly a free gift and partly earned: we travail to forge the metal which lightning may strike.’
    hammer out, beat into shape, found, cast, mould, model
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  • 2Create (something) strong, enduring, or successful.

    ‘the two women forged a close bond’
    ‘the country is forging a bright new future’
    • ‘Twenty years ago there was talk about using our five stations and new satellite technology to forge a strong, national, progressive voice.’
    • ‘He forged a strong relationship with the Jessop family in the years after the tragedy, and urged his son-in-law to remarry.’
    • ‘Other Jews forged successful lives in the colony, especially during the gold rushes, as gold exporters, businessmen or landowners.’
    • ‘In that time they have forged a successful team, having spent twelve years at the popular Brewers Arms, in Wanborough.’
    • ‘The successful practices have forged a close working relationship between Public Works, Police, Fire, and Health Departments.’
    • ‘Here is something more than raw material from which a successful literature was forged.’
    • ‘That's when we forged a stronger union in terms of our opinions and how we work together.’
    • ‘Yet quality serves not only to forge successful interconnections within the industry, but also to create points of disconnection.’
    • ‘This practical, no-nonsense attitude typified Mrs Du Faur, who forged strong ties with students and colleagues alike.’
    • ‘In America, where there has been a shift away from big studios towards independent film-makers, Swinton has forged a successful career in both areas.’
    • ‘Government has reaffirmed its commitment to forge strong ties with the private sector in order to create employment and reduce poverty.’
    • ‘Unlike many other celebrity writers, however, she is skilful at creating characters and forging a convincing emotional core at the centre of her novels.’
    • ‘Along the way we have shared many adventures and forged many strong and lasting friendships.’
    • ‘But coached by Francis Crook, he has succeeded in forging a remarkably successful running career.’
    • ‘The sexy star, who has forged a successful solo career outside the band, said their last album was probably their last.’
    • ‘Yorkshire players past and present are expected to forge much stronger links together if the seal of approval is given to the formation of the club's first Players' Association.’
    • ‘Lord Jenkins of Hillhead was an admired writer whose biographies centred on the world in which he forged a successful career of his own.’
    • ‘The Kingdom of England was forged in the furnace of Viking invasions.’
    • ‘These and other factors have helped forge a strong and enduring bond of good will and friendship between our two countries.’
    • ‘He forged a successful freelance career, alongside the researching which went towards his new book.’
    build, build up, construct, form, create, establish, set up, put together
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  • 3Produce a fraudulent copy or imitation of (a document, signature, banknote, or work of art)

    ‘the signature on the cheque was forged’
    • ‘Because 14,000 jurisdictions produce them with no national standard, forging birth certificates used to be easy.’
    • ‘She has, in fact, forged the signature of her father on documents for obtaining the loan and when her husband learns the truth, he starts an argument with her.’
    • ‘This could, with considerable effort, be used to forge certificates and signatures.’
    • ‘Documents evidencing the latter agreements were forged or fraudulent.’
    • ‘Is it actually possible to forge corporate documents simply by cutting and pasting them on a computer?’
    • ‘Seven per cent confessed to assuming another person's identity through forging their signature on letters or cheques.’
    • ‘So, as we get better at trying to check passports and illegally forged documents, they're going to try harder to recruit to get around that problem.’
    • ‘The brother of the Chief Constable of Humberside was today beginning a three-year jail sentence for forging banknotes.’
    • ‘He was ultimately tried for perjuring himself and also forging these documents that she supposedly signed, these release forms.’
    • ‘There is no need to rule whether these documents were forged or not.’
    • ‘The two men were arrested on suspicion of living off immoral earnings and having forged documents.’
    • ‘An action had been brought by the second company against a bank, alleging that the wife had forged the husband's signature on cheques.’
    • ‘And because it is an unsigned copy, they don't even have to forge a signature.’
    • ‘The documents were forged certificates relating to loss of earnings totalling €600.’
    • ‘Now, you conceded that you had forged various documents.’
    • ‘The plaintiff could easily have forged her partner's signature to it.’
    • ‘His friends broke several laws by transporting Abbey's corpse without a permit, interring him illegally on federal land, and forging a death certificate.’
    • ‘Here the servants of the customer, an old woman who was too frail to look after her affairs, forged her signature on cheques drawn on her account.’
    • ‘The signatures were forged by the defendant, who also signed the documents as having witnessed the signatures.’
    • ‘Legitimate documents might be stolen from a living person or a deceased person, while forged documents might involve changed names or variations of real names.’
    fake, faked, false, counterfeit, imitation, reproduction, replica, copied
    fake, falsify, counterfeit, copy fraudulently, copy, imitate, reproduce, replicate, simulate
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noun

  • 1A blacksmith's workshop; a smithy.

    • ‘Sometimes, when someone mentions a blacksmith's forge, I find myself instantaneously back in my childhood, visiting a local smithy.’
    • ‘Mr Godbold's work has taken him all over Britain and he says the variety is what makes his job most interesting, although he now spends more than half his time in the office rather than the forge.’
    • ‘The owners of the former blacksmith's forge have turned it into a very comfortable small hotel, where the decor makes the most of the beams, brick and stone of the old building.’
    • ‘All at once there was a terrible crash and the bricks of the blacksmith's forge fell away.’
    • ‘Paddy is the last of the old time blacksmiths who worked in the local forges back in the 30's and 40's and in the late 50's.’
    • ‘At one stage it was a place of great industry, with a mill at Ballypierce, a forge near the Ball-ally, a corn store, sand-pits and a wool store.’
    • ‘But when we walk past the blacksmith's forge, a large man stops us.’
    • ‘The rare forge in the village that is much commented upon by visitors needed repairing and the surviving village pump in its alcove still charms observers.’
    • ‘Eusebio pointed with pride to its church and rectory, carpenter shop, blacksmith forge, and water mill.’
    • ‘He feels he gets his musical talents from his late grandfather, Tom Dalton, who played the fiddle and who once owned a forge in Abbeyleix and from his mother Mary who also plays the accordion.’
    • ‘Culm was the material most widely used in the forges by blacksmiths and large quantities of the sub-stance were imported from England and Wales for that purpose.’
    • ‘The forge was occupied by blacksmith Richard Tarrant when it was painted.’
    • ‘Joe Dunne's dad had a forge there at Pat Miller's yard.’
    • ‘A small boy operating the bellows in the blacksmith's forge cost the rider an extra time delay in addition to the hours he had lost making the repair.’
    • ‘Inquiring for the blacksmith, they found him in the forge not far from the house.’
    • ‘And then he'd gone and blown the blacksmith's forge up.’
    • ‘Jim Sweeney told a few stories and recalled his early days as a merchant in Clonaslee when there were more shops plus three forges and a visiting dentist.’
    • ‘At the forge, the blacksmith was putting out his fires and calling his two dogs, who trembled as they felt, with that sixth sense that humans have not, the threat of the oncoming storm.’
    • ‘The Bell, once the village pub, shut in 1988 and is now the The Bell House; alongside, only the name remains of what was the forge.’
    • ‘A DIY shop now stands on the site of the old forge.’
    1. 1.1 A furnace for melting or refining metal.
      • ‘The forger then seized the blank in a pair of tongs and reheated it in his forge or furnace to as high a temperature as the metal could stand without burning up.’
      • ‘The boy directed Bill to his father who was slaving away at the smithy's forge.’
      • ‘We could not produce blue-prints or mould metal pokers in the forge.’
      • ‘He made his mirrors from speculum metal - four parts copper to one part tin - but had to construct a forge to melt the speculum and cast the disc from which the mirror could be ground.’
      • ‘Using long-handled tongs, he holds the metal in the forge until it heats to a dull red or straw color, then quickly moves it to the anvil.’
      • ‘The boffins also came to the conclusion that the armour was made in a low temperature bush fire and not in a blacksmith's forge as originally thought.’
      • ‘Visitors can also see the traditional working blacksmith's forge.’
      • ‘So we have a picture of the mighty muscled blacksmith at his fiery forge - and give Mars rulership of the metal whose birth came from bloodshed and war.’
      • ‘Then he bought a small forge and began to produce dozens of candlesticks and figurines in his garden shed by the ‘lost wax’ method used by medieval artisans.’
      • ‘Coal was initially used to supply domestic heat and fuel; to heat pans of sea-water to produce salt, of fats to make tallow for soap and candles, or of molasses to refine sugar; and in forges to heat iron and other metals.’
      • ‘But to build it you need new forges, new metals and tools and the time to learn to use them properly.’
      • ‘Stacks of old pipes were waiting to be carted back to the forges and melted down; bits of plating littered the workbenches; I recognised what had once been hoops securing the old boiler hanging from the walls.’
      • ‘Someone had obviously burnt the letters into the wall with something from the blacksmith's forge.’
      • ‘The miners and refiners have steel and ore, the blacksmiths have forges and anvils.’
      • ‘Animated figures of women washed clothes, babies bawled, roosters crowed, blacksmiths worked at their forges.’
      • ‘But till this very day, the forge and anvil are used by blacksmiths to mold and carve the general shape and desired balance of a weathervane.’
      • ‘Through a window, visitors can look down from the newly renovated gallery, with its white walls and Persian carpet, into the glowing forge of the sooty blacksmith shop.’
      • ‘He showed how to fire up the forge in the smithy and produce coke from the soft coal.’
      • ‘Wrought iron was worked in a forge by the blacksmith.’
      • ‘Butter making, crochet, patchwork quilts, the traditional spinning wheel and a mobile forge are but a few of the items and sideshows that will feature at the rally.’
    2. 1.2 A workshop or factory containing a furnace for melting metal.
      • ‘Paper factories, glass factories, tanneries, forges, and other such establishments, which sold principally to local and national markets, had a far from negligible output.’
      • ‘He further succeeded in re-opening the old forge for this production.’
      • ‘Their shops ware on Main Street and on the Milldam, along with a brass foundry, an iron forge with a trip-hammer and wiredrawing mill and several cabinetmakers.’
      • ‘Gifford also had an interest in the family water-powered iron forge and hoe factory on the opposite side of the street from these mills.’
      • ‘The new building was on the site of an old forge.’
      • ‘Their society worshipped metal, and some of the best gear in existence came from the Ele system's massive forges and factories.’
      • ‘In cities, foundries and forges were large commercial affairs often employing up to forty or fifty men.’
      • ‘The actual melting point of steels is nearly twice as hot, at temperatures difficult to reach outside the specialized conditions of a foundry or forge.’
      • ‘In the iron industry, hard manual labour was still crucial for charging furnaces or dragging ingots around the forge.’
      • ‘In the 18th century, Derbyshire valleys echoed with the sound of the iron forges lining the banks of fast-flowing rivers.’
      • ‘We have a large building complex on the old Donnelleys site, several flats built on the site of the old forge and more on the Ainsty bakery site.’
      • ‘Primarily an agrarian community the town was also home to a brass foundry, an iron forge, a wire-drawing mill, and a community of cabinetmakers.’

Origin

Middle English (also in the general sense ‘make, construct’): from Old French forger, from Latin fabricare ‘fabricate’, from fabrica ‘manufactured object, workshop’. The noun is via Old French from Latin fabrica.

Pronunciation

forge

/fɔːdʒ/

Main definitions of forge in English

: forge1forge2

forge2

verb

  • no object, with adverbial of direction Move forward gradually or steadily.

    ‘he forged through the crowded streets’
    • ‘The ship was forging forward, but at the table I felt myself pulled back to her smell and her skin and her sound; the ship sailed one way; I sailed another.’
    • ‘There is no literature about women of a certain age forging out on their own, and television is the place you do it, because it goes directly into the bloodstream of America, sublingual, injected.’
    • ‘He forges through the reeds and nips at the bull's heels.’
    • ‘That night camp was made on soft wet moss at the foot of the last escarpment before the Kongakut forges out onto the plain.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, I forged steadily forwards and was pleased to see the white and greenish-grey layers of ancient sandstone and shale getting closer.’
    • ‘You have to forge along, carefully treading a new way, trusting that your sense of direction has you going toward the right destination.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, we must forge on, following the path along this more luxuriant, sheltered coast, through ferns and sweet-smelling woods.’
    • ‘‘It's all right,’ repeats Snowy, as he forges across the lagoon toward me to effect the umpteenth rescue of the day.’
    advance steadily, advance gradually, press on, push on, soldier on, march on, push forward, move forward, move along, proceed, progress, make headway, make progress
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Phrasal Verbs

  • forge ahead

    • Take the lead or make good progress.

      ‘it may be that exports are forging ahead whilst home sales sag’
      • ‘They would soon feel reinvigorated because each volume recalls the time when Britain's railways were forging ahead, powered not so much by coal as by self-confidence.’
      • ‘But the class of Leeds City, who have several semi-pro players on their books and are two leagues above York, soon started to tell as they forged ahead despite good work by man of the match Sam Knight in the City goal.’
      • ‘‘We are still forging ahead and working towards making a deal,’ said the prospective bidder's spokesman.’
      • ‘But while urban areas like York and Harrogate are forging ahead, the economic performance of many other areas within North Yorkshire falls below the regional average.’
      • ‘Anyway, despite the lack of quality shopping I forged ahead and did my best to help boost Japan's economy (I like to help where I can).’
      • ‘After our goal we fell victim to a common phenomenon when one team forges ahead in such a closely fought game - we fell back a little.’
      • ‘Work is also forging ahead on preparing the services and roads ready for the vastly-changed city in the £22 million Connecting the City scheme.’
      • ‘Amid the present climate of cutbacks and uncertainty in the arts, Garter Lane is especially proud of its ability to progress and forge ahead with both of these new initiatives.’
      • ‘It may be that men find it difficult living with a woman who's forging ahead.’
      • ‘Teams like Argentina, Canada, Samoa and even Korea are forging ahead, developing specialist sevens squads capable of winning a World Sevens Series title before too long.’
      • ‘Human history is a history of progress - of forging ahead and improving our lot by changing our circumstances, not accommodating to them.’
      • ‘This year, detections and arrests are up, crime is down and we are forging ahead.’
      • ‘However, with sheer determination, the company has forged ahead through the management of a sound business plan which was formulated with the help of Business Link North Manchester.’
      • ‘As work forges ahead at Solstice Park, the Amesbury Property Company has secured the 160-acre business park's first three occupiers.’
      • ‘We are obviously going to be careful that we don't grow too fast as the people we bring in have to be the best in the market and deliver the best possible services, but we are still forging ahead.’
      • ‘In his report he stated the risks of failure were unacceptably high if they forged ahead with the scheme which would require around £217,000 in spending between now and March 2006.’
      • ‘But after being 13-4 down they forged ahead 17-13 to leave Scarborough needing a four to tie on the last end.’
      • ‘The needs and concerns of local residents must always remain paramount in such a situation - but if York is to progress, to forge ahead as a modern city, then difficult decisions will sometimes have to be made.’
      • ‘Murphy edged into a 2-lead after a scrappy first frame, but after settling was able to find his potting range and put friendship aside as he forged ahead.’
      • ‘In a bid to crack down on nuisance youths and anti-social behaviour, often fuelled by alcohol, police have forged ahead with the plan.’
      advance rapidly, progress quickly, make swift progress, increase speed, put a spurt on
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Origin

Mid 18th century: perhaps an aberrant pronunciation of force.

Pronunciation

forge

/fɔːdʒ/