Definition of forward in English:

forward

(also forwards)

adverb

  • 1In the direction that one is facing or travelling; towards the front.

    ‘he started up the engine and the car moved forward’
    ‘Rory leaned forward over the table’
    • ‘The ball has to stop at the top of the backswing and change directions to travel forward.’
    • ‘Just then, the black car in front of us moved forward and disappeared, then it was our turn.’
    • ‘Hamma sat beside me staring intently forward and indicating the direction that we should take with a flick of his finger.’
    • ‘When you are seated, make sure you sit at the front edge of the chair, leaning slightly forward.’
    • ‘The two ran away from the ship as fast as possible, and were thrown forward by the force of the explosion.’
    • ‘A short while later the two ships surge forward together at a speed of 30 knots.’
    • ‘Now I'm sitting here propped up with cushions trying to remember not to lean back or forwards… or move at all.’
    • ‘After waiting for him to return and realising he wasn't going to, Jake peered up the dark, uneven staircase, and took a tentative step forwards.’
    • ‘Tom Reid stepped forwards, looking altogether more relaxed.’
    • ‘The pose of the woman, who has raised her right leg onto the bench, at the same time leaning her upper body forwards towards the man, is an unusual motif in Burne-Jones's work.’
    • ‘A gyroplane is an aircraft which is powered forwards by an engine, causing air to pass through overhead rotating blades which create lift.’
    • ‘Irritated, she ran forward and stood in front of him, causing him to stop abruptly.’
    • ‘He pulled on one of the levers and the ship began to move forwards.’
    • ‘Overall, despite the guy in front of leaning forward so I couldn't see part of the stage, I enjoyed it immensely.’
    • ‘Keep your body upright and don't let your front knee go forward.’
    • ‘Gently tip the washing machine forward onto its front and put a towel inside - try not to scratch the glass on the front when it hits the floor!’
    • ‘Sheep are still hovering, uncertain whether to go forward or backward.’
    • ‘I turned to face him, finally meeting his gaze before leaning forward and kissing him softly.’
    • ‘The crowd applauded as the young girl stepped shyly forwards.’
    • ‘As the gas burns, it moves rapidly rearward, propelling the aircraft forward.’
    ahead, forwards, onwards, onward, on, further
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    1. 1.1 In or towards the bow or nose of a ship or aircraft.
      • ‘The submersible is housed in a trunk below the deck of the ship just forward of the bridge.’
      • ‘Then Hayes moved aft, across a passageway to the starboard side of the ship, and forward.’
      • ‘The other common merchant ship layout is all holds forward with a superstructure aft.’
    2. 1.2 In the normal order or sequence.
      ‘the number was the same backwards as forwards’
      • ‘Finding a particular spot on the tape means you have to wind the tape forward or backward.’
      • ‘By the time I was five I knew the song Waltzing Matilda forwards and backwards.’
      • ‘I hope so, for I have such high hopes for this new year, one that reads the same backwards as forwards - a calendar palindrome.’
      • ‘It's not just the lyrics that are palindromes, but the music is the same backwards as it is forwards as well.’
      • ‘He can memorise 60 digit numbers in a jiffy and recite them forwards and backwards.’
      • ‘A palindrome is a word, phrase, or sentence which reads the same backwards and forwards.’
      • ‘Her name reads the same forwards and backwards.’
  • 2Onward so as to make progress.

    ‘the signing of the treaty is a big step forward’
    • ‘Shouldn't this be the way forward for future city centre developments?’
    • ‘The first step forwards to reducing our insatiable need for more and more power is to cut the waste.’
    • ‘James believes the way forward is to go backward: back to the basic, hearty food our grandmothers used to cook.’
    • ‘But discussions are to take place with the county council on how to take the scheme forward in the future.’
    • ‘If the team wants to progress and make leaps forward then I will be very happy to keep working on the project.’
    • ‘The statements are needed in order to take forward a class action lawsuit against the domain registrar.’
    • ‘The schemes on offer from Europe should take Scotland forwards rather than backwards, Harrison argued.’
    • ‘Our victory is a big step forwards for everyone.’
    • ‘Blood testing, for the chemicals that do real harm to a sport, would be a huge leap forward.’
    • ‘That'd be a huge step forwards from where we are now.’
    • ‘He has no doubts about the need for private ownership as the way forward for the Irish economy.’
    • ‘It is a process of learning how to build and to move forward in a positive direction and to do it sustainably as a group.’
    • ‘Without spending this money we cannot go forward and progress as a club but we clearly can't afford it.’
    • ‘This ground-breaking study is a big step forward in our understanding of how to treat children and adolescents with anxiety disorders.’
    • ‘The next thing we need to understand is how the human race is meant to move forward towards these ideals.’
    • ‘Then, and only then, we will be in a position to carry forward the work of those now near retirement.’
    • ‘This is another step forward in our efforts to reopen global markets for U.S. beef.’
    • ‘We must have a historical perspective if we want to be able to move forward progressively as a people and as a nation.’
    • ‘The development is in keeping with a city that is moving forwards not backwards.’
    • ‘Bad news and a big decline, but at least the economy is still moving forward right?’
    moving forwards, moving ahead, onward, advancing, progressing, progressive
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    1. 2.1 Into a position of prominence or notice.
      ‘he is pushing forward a political ally’
      • ‘It is accused of having become a political actor, pushing forward European integration in a partisan manner.’
      • ‘This was great, and we were able to use some of them to push the CBS story forward.’
      • ‘Mr Dowling launched his campaign this week pushing forward a number of issues aimed at benefiting Carlow.’
      • ‘Parents keep pushing suitable candidates forward and then wonder why their children don't like them.’
      towards the front, frontwards, out, forth, into view, into the open, into public notice, into prominence
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  • 3Towards the future.

    ‘looking forward, earnings are expected to hit £7.2 billion’
    • ‘Ben, I expect you to comply with the terms of the restraining order from this point forward.’
    • ‘If I could turn back time I would but I can't so it's time to look forward.’
    • ‘Anyhow, anything written by the three mentioned above should from this day forward be treated with suspicion, if not outright derision.’
    • ‘So looking forward from here, you would expect the retail trade data to remain quite strong over coming months.’
    • ‘We believe that there are significant operational synergies to be gained from this merger and are excited about the opportunities going forward.’
    • ‘History, however, is useful only if we can take its lessons forward to a different future.’
    • ‘The new administration appears to be looking forward, and we're cautiously optimistic about a positive tone for debate on environmental issues.’
    • ‘This is perhaps the biggest concern right now and the biggest concern looking forward.’
    • ‘Whatever he does going forward, the 12 albums that have been re-released over the past year remain his calling card, against which all subsequent work will be judged.’
    • ‘He was my once in a lifetime friend and there will never be a day from this day forward that I do not miss him.’
    • ‘Thus there are very few people who do not look back to the past with a sense of longing or forward to the future with a sense of unease.’
    • ‘But we think at this time and looking forward to our future that we would like to stay with one team and focus our resources on one team.’
    • ‘But the main thrust of his speech was looking forward to the future of British farming.’
    • ‘This ancient deity, we are told, could look both back on past events and forward to the future.’
    • ‘We are always on the side of progress, looking forward, stepping into the future.’
    onward, onwards, on, forth, forwards
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    1. 3.1 To an earlier time.
      ‘the special issue has been moved forward to November’
      • ‘I've contacted the IRS and the deadline has been moved forward to Friday. They think that now I have considerable resources at my disposal I can pay quicker.’
      • ‘Following poor weather forecasts for Friday, the team shifted its programme forward in order to be ready to run today.’
      • ‘Most other member states claim to be making good progress in bringing forward the transposition.’
      • ‘The kick-off has been moved forward from 3pm to midday.’
      • ‘It seems they have decided to bring the date of the wedding forward.’
      • ‘Their logic dictates that the chances of bothersome winter postponements are reduced by propelling matches forwards.’

adjective

  • 1Directed or facing towards the front or the direction that one is facing or travelling.

    ‘forward flight’
    ‘the pilot's forward view’
    • ‘With the gun in a fixed forward position, the pilot can aim by manoeuvring the helicopter.’
    • ‘Notice the flattened body bends and lack of forward progress that the animals make.’
    • ‘The forward direction of the ball is accomplished by the horizontal angle of the cue stick.’
    • ‘We were using our energy mainly for forward progress, rather than for load hauling.’
    • ‘The Conger can swim almost as powerfully backwards as it can in a forward direction.’
    • ‘Anything that could be added to slow the forward momentum of your opponent is helpful.’
    • ‘It only happens to me once in a blue moon that I can make no forward progress.’
    • ‘The forward motion of the hand and fingertips impart a gentle backspin to the ball.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, this operates in an abrupt way and can make forward progress rather uneven.’
    • ‘His initial movement is forward, though he does not commit himself on to the front foot.’
    • ‘Males sport splashes of black and brown on a forward segment of their front legs.’
    • ‘He closed his eyes and exhaled, feeling the gentle tremor of the ship's forward thrust.’
    • ‘On even the gentlest of inclines you really need to select fourth or even third to have a hope of maintaining any sort of forward momentum at all.’
    • ‘To add to that sense of confusion, Nolan films with both forward and backward momentum.’
    • ‘Repeat this several times until the horse begins to feel you sit deeper in your saddle and, in response, stops his forward motion.’
    • ‘On the role Baxter has played in dragging British skiing in a forward direction, he is characteristically modest.’
    • ‘His forward vision has been drawn to the road just in front of him and therefore he is not looking well ahead as the highway code suggests.’
    • ‘Rear tires of a tandem typically will wear more quickly than the forward positions.’
    • ‘I have to have my wrists ahead of the ball at impact and play the follow-through like a forward defensive cricket shot.’
    • ‘The amount of rainfall directly related to how fast the forward speed of the storm is.’
    moving forwards, moving ahead, onward, advancing, progressing, progressive
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    1. 1.1 Positioned near the enemy lines.
      ‘troops moved to the forward areas’
      • ‘There was one forward depot for each army formation with one forward battalion to support each front-line corps.’
      • ‘He was in a forward defence line with eight other soldiers, five of whom lost their lives.’
      • ‘After heavy tanks had breached the enemy's forward defences, massed squadrons of light tanks supported by aircraft would roam at large behind enemy lines.’
      • ‘In the first incident, two rockets were fired at the forward operating base near Khost.’
      • ‘The next three weeks were testing ones for the 7th Battalion, holding a forward position near the Bois de Bavent.’
      • ‘Hundreds of thousands of cadets poured out of the shuttles and raced to the forward positions.’
      • ‘In the first, forward observers would take a bearing on the flash of an enemy gun and report it to a central control.’
      • ‘Would the risks of establishing a forward position be justified by the operational advantages?’
      • ‘Before they could even reach their planned forward positions, dozens of mortars came raining in.’
      • ‘The wind ruffled her coat as well as her long red hair, as she rode towards the forward camp.’
      front, advance, foremost, head, leading, frontal
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    2. 1.2 Situated in or towards the bow or nose of a ship or aircraft.
      ‘the forward cargo doors’
      predicative ‘the crew's cabin is forward’
      • ‘There is a large wheelhouse to explore and a couple of big winches and gear in the forward part of the ship.’
      • ‘The two masts are in place, and the usual plan is to descend on one of them, explore the aft or forward part of the ship and ascend the same or the other mast.’
      • ‘Two slots one either side of the nose showed where the forward cannons were hidden.’
      • ‘It was in the forward quarter of the ship, with the rest of the rooms nearby.’
      • ‘Then he noticed a smaller group coming into the bay to his right, the forward end of the ship.’
      • ‘The power of the wave destroys the reinforcement and pounds the ship's forward shields.’
      • ‘I looked up and saw the huge hull of a docked superfreighter quickly filling my forward view.’
      • ‘Merlin stood at the forward end of the Recreation Deck in front of the large window.’
      • ‘She snapped out orders and her ship heaved to the side, exposing the forward cannon to the enemy.’
      • ‘The large main deck compartment is loaded though a wide door on the forward left side of the fuselage.’
      • ‘She glanced up at the sensor screen and spied the main hatch near the forward apex of the flying wing.’
      • ‘A door slid open automatically when they approached the forward section of the ship.’
    3. 1.3Electronics (of a voltage applied to a semiconductor junction) in the direction which allows significant current to flow.
      • ‘However, charge recombination reactions can occur when the forward electron transport cannot proceed.’
      • ‘The voltage in the forward wave is always greater than the voltage in the reflected wave.’
  • 2attributive Relating to the future.

    ‘a twelve-month forward forecast’
    • ‘We are looking at some extremely good forward bookings which is excellent news for a county which relies so heavily on tourism.’
    • ‘The 20,000 customers with forward bookings should get money back.’
    • ‘He said these plants have forward orders representing between two and four months production.’
    • ‘In other words, having a forward view changes what you do in the here and now.’
    • ‘These valuations are, in turn, based on forward earnings estimates and the level of risk associated with those projections.’
    • ‘Forward projections indicated an ever-growing development fund gap.’
    • ‘Kansas farmers describe how a local group has combined forward pricing of grain with pooling larger quantities to gain better delivery prices in the spot market.’
    • ‘He was also a forward thinker and was among the first to consider complete dieselisation of the railways.’
    • ‘The theory here is that skirt length can be a forward predictor of stock market direction.’
    • ‘Development of a forward market for this spread would provide another price risk management tool for cattle feeders to compliment those that are already well established.’
    • ‘An spokesperson said that the project has not yet been included in government forward budget estimates.’
    • ‘Forward predictions are now that the base rate will be 4.75 % by the end of this year.’
    • ‘They maintained that there would be no significant fall-out, and noted that the projections for the upcoming tourist season showed strong forward bookings.’
    • ‘In October, the housebuilder said that its forward sales position was the strongest in its history.’
    • ‘We are looking to the National Assembly to take up this forward thinking and bold initiative in Wales.’
    • ‘A win here would require a lot of forward planning and a great deal of improvisation.’
    • ‘As is true with all trend lines, however, their true meaning only become evident when forward projections are examined.’
    • ‘When such shortages occurred, supplies were given to firms depending on their forward forecasts.’
    • ‘The lack of integration is partly attributed to the unrealistically low forward estimates of public expenditure outlined in the Government's first budget.’
    • ‘The same sort of forward thinking has led her to recruit people who have experience of big companies - even though they want to be involved in a start-up.’
    • ‘The company, Europe's second-biggest tour operator, said forward bookings had risen by about 8 % over the past few weeks.’
    future, forward-looking, for the future, prospective
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  • 3Progressing towards a successful conclusion.

    ‘the decision is a forward step’
    • ‘His ability to move his life in the forward direction only served to highlight, in my mind, my own inability to do the same thing.’
    • ‘Most likely you will come up with a ton of ideas to get your business moving in a forward direction.’
    • ‘Whether it will become a forward step or a backwards slide remains to be seen… only time will tell.’
    • ‘As a result, technologists and businesses cannot assume unhindered forward progress.’
    • ‘Tufnell is not exactly a forward step in selection and he's had many chances before.’
    • ‘You know, there was a time when it seemed we'd never take a forward step that didn't involve technology.’
    • ‘Dietz made marine geology the main focus of his life's work, and from his studies came one of the key forward steps in the development of plate tectonics.’
    1. 3.1 Further advanced than expected or required.
      ‘an alarmingly forward yet painfully vulnerable child’
      • ‘He doesn't use sign language nearly as much now because he talks such a lot. He's very forward for his age and I think that teaching him a form of communication so young has given him extra confidence.’
      • ‘It was when she was a little over a year old that Charlotte first appeared to have problems. Before then she was a very forward child talking and singing, but suddenly started to slow down.’
      advanced, well advanced, early, premature
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  • 4(of a person) bold or overfamiliar in manner.

    ‘I am not usually a forward sort of person’
    • ‘Olivia worries that she was too forward with him, and that he is now judging her because of it.’
    • ‘A few minutes later a guy came up and sat down at my table, which seemed very forward of him.’
    • ‘She normally wasn't so forward; it wasn't like her at all.’
    • ‘Being alone became an annoying state, and those forward women became more attractive to you by the week.’
    • ‘When he goes on a date with Jane Gallagher, Holden becomes extremely agitated, because Stradlater is extremely forwardwith his dates.’
    bold, brazen, brazen-faced, barefaced, brash, shameless, immodest, audacious, daring, presumptuous, presuming, assuming, familiar, overfamiliar
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noun

  • 1An attacking player in football, hockey, or other sports.

    • ‘Luke, a front row forward, had been due to play his first match for the club's development squad on Saturday.’
    • ‘Hockey should follow suit with special coaches for goalkeepers, defenders, halfbacks and forwards.’
    • ‘It was also the first time in a long while that I have seen the Scottish backs managing to keep the ball in front of their forwards whenever possible.’
    • ‘And while their forwards are definitely talented, asking them to get three goals each time out is too much, even for a Newcastle team.’
    • ‘The backs set up a strong attacking position and the forwards forced the ball over the line from close range.’
    • ‘Zamora appears to be out of his depth at the moment, but he can score goals and there are plenty of Premiership forwards without his innate goalscoring ability.’
    • ‘Their top forwards are still in their prime, their top defensemen are still in their prime and their goalie is among the best in the league.’
    • ‘Midway through the half, the Blues opted to kick for the corner from a penalty and from the ensuing lineout the forwards drove halfback Steve Devine over for the second.’
    • ‘For many of the men in the street, a good forward is one who scores a lot of goals, or failing that, provides a lot of assists.’
    • ‘His biggest problem on the past two league campaigns is getting the Dublin forwards to score goals.’
    • ‘Yet goals do win games, and a team that has forwards that can steal goals is always a threat.’
    • ‘He is particularly worried about the lack of depth in the number of front row forwards.’
    • ‘Both Raul and Figo are very attack minded and would be looking to break forward and supply themselves, each other or the two forwards with plenty of goals.’
    • ‘The lack of goals from United's forwards has been well documented - with Julian Joachim the only front man to score a League goal this season.’
    • ‘Up front each forward got his name on the score sheet and proved that this win was a real team effort.’
    • ‘Rush was one of the most lethal forwards of the past 25 years.’
    • ‘Clive Connaughton and Daniel Morgan both had an excellent game at midfield and up front all forwards played their part in this great win.’
    • ‘I am still scoring goals, which is what all forwards are judged on, and hopefully there are a few more to come.’
    • ‘This is one of the reasons that most forwards score fewer goals in a season than they did ten years ago.’
    • ‘Both have forwards capable of scoring goals, but they both lack the creativity in vital areas that'd allow the likes of Andy Cole and Alan Smith to keep them up.’
  • 2forwardsFinance
    Agreements to trade specified assets, typically currency, at a specified price at a certain future date.

    Compare with future (sense 2 of the noun)
    • ‘Why are forwards crashing and trading at a discount?’
    • ‘There are four basic types of derivatives transactions: forwards, futures, swaps, and options.’
    • ‘The course also explains the different types of risk associated with forwards and futures.’
    • ‘Unlike the case of NYMEX Futures versus over-the-counter forwards, there will be no alternative.’
    • ‘The first type, called futures or forwards, oblige a buyer and seller to complete a transaction at a predetermined time in the future at a price agreed upon today.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Send (a letter or email) on to a further destination.

    ‘my emails were forwarded to a friend’
    ‘I recently received an email forwarded from a friend’
    ‘a forwarding address’
    • ‘The charity will forward the letters to the foreign embassies to make them aware of the level of public support for the drivers.’
    • ‘When their mother was seriously ill she tried to contact her brother, but he had left his job and didn't leave a forwarding address.’
    • ‘It was not until the last day of June that she forwarded my letter to the solicitor general, and one despairs as to when that answer will come and what it will say.’
    • ‘The attorney general's office forwarded the letters to the Criminal Cases Review Commission last week.’
    • ‘Thanks to all of you who are forwarding the letters you've sent to the school.’
    • ‘I received a six-month-old letter that had been forwarded from an old address.’
    • ‘This letter has been forwarded to most newspapers and magazines throughout the UK.’
    • ‘The main trade union for Dublin bar workers forwarded our letter asking members to contact the research team if they were interested in participating.’
    • ‘The DSS will not give out information, but will usually agree to forward letters.’
    • ‘He has forwarded copies of the letter to his local councillors and his MP.’
    • ‘Her letter has now been forwarded to the relevant department, but last night Mrs Harrison was still awaiting a response.’
    • ‘In the future I have requested that any letters be forwarded to me.’
    • ‘The NCSC forwarded this letter to the Tribunal.’
    • ‘I was also forwarded an email from somewhere outside the university.’
    • ‘The letter was forwarded to her current address and she replied to it on September 26, stating that she did indeed want the committee to proceed.’
    • ‘Ask the post office to forward your mail to the new address.’
    • ‘I forwarded the letter to the general secretary.’
    • ‘The schemes and lures used to motivate us to forward chain letters are as old as the hills, and we only annoy our friends by sending them on.’
    • ‘They confirmed, however, that a letter had been forwarded to the party concerned and it was the council's understanding the operations had ceased in the past two weeks.’
    • ‘If everyone on my mailing list forwarded my letters to two others, then a lot of people would have received my messages.’
    • ‘People are asked to forward any letters and/or pictures to the Editorial team as soon as possible.’
    send on, post on, redirect, readdress, pass on
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    1. 1.1 Dispatch or send (a document or goods)
      ‘apply by forwarding a CV’
      • ‘When all the statements and documentary evidence had been gathered, they had been forwarded for expert opinion to a consultant specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology.’
      • ‘Bring along your purse, as there will be some lovely gift ideas on sale and 10% of the sales will be forwarded to a local charity.’
      • ‘Although no timeframe has been finalised, a draft document has been forwarded to the management of both institutions.’
      • ‘As part of the application, the family submitted a number of documents to the Department, which were forwarded to a medical officer of the Commonwealth.’
      • ‘My brother in London purchased books from the Intermediate Technology Development Group and forwarded them to me.’
      • ‘The boxes will be forwarded to children suffering through war, poverty, natural disaster and disease worldwide.’
      • ‘The best picture will be forwarded for inclusion in the album, which will be presented to the Queen this summer.’
      • ‘From Taiwan freight can be forwarded to cities worldwide using EVA Air's route network and cooperation agreements with carriers globally.’
      • ‘All donations of old coins will be forwarded to the missions.’
      • ‘Stan had not responded in writing to George's new accountant, nor had he forwarded the requested documents.’
      • ‘The day coincides with Campbell Hospital's morning tea for Cancer Appeal and donations will be forwarded to the hospital.’
      • ‘The minutes of the meeting will now be forwarded to the full Southern Health Board meeting on June 3 for consideration.’
      • ‘It later emerged that he had failed to forward documents to her in Ireland and had allowed other persons to live at the property.’
      • ‘The warrant will then be sent to the CPS, which will forward the documents to the Israeli authorities.’
      • ‘Tickets will be forwarded by post to customers' credit card billing address.’
      • ‘We have been trying to forward documents both to the post office box and to the residential addresses given.’
      • ‘For each recyclable cartridge returned, a donation up to E1.30 will be forwarded to Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.’
      • ‘His legal team said no extradition documents had been forwarded by Libya and South Africa had no existing extradition treaty with Tripoli.’
      • ‘The state government put up Rs 500 crore and forwarded the report to the Central Government for its support, sometime in early January 2004.’
      • ‘But the criminal investigator's report has now been forwarded to commanding officers.’
      send, dispatch, transmit, carry, convey, deliver, remit, post, mail, ship, freight
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  • 2Help to advance (something); promote.

    ‘the scientists are forwarding the development of biotechnology’
    • ‘Dangerfield was into comedy for the long haul, looking not only to forward his own career, but those of other talented people as well.’
    • ‘I see a contradiction, though, as these same people are often also supporters of the corporatocracy, which is largely responsible for forwarding postmodernism.’
    • ‘He uses religious, economic, and political discourses in new and clever ways in order to forward his own political aims.’
    advance, further, hasten, hurry along, expedite, accelerate, speed up, step up, aid, assist, help, foster, encourage, contribute to, promote, favour, support, back, give backing to, facilitate
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Phrases

  • forward of

    • In front of.

      ‘the units are located forward of the flight deck control and display panels’
      • ‘The bomb bay is in the underside of the fuselage forward of the wing.’
      • ‘The poop deck shows the holes for the large skylights over the steering engines just forward of the docking bridge.’
      • ‘A painting of a bumble bee was applied to either side of the fuselage just forward of the cockpit.’
      • ‘We are engaged in discussions parallel to the advance of the thrust forward of troops on the ground.’
      • ‘The shaft should be perpendicular to the ground, with the grip pointing just forward of your sternum.’
      • ‘The removable box magazine holds 10 rounds of Long Rifle ammo, with a release lever located just forward of the trigger guard.’
      • ‘Lest they should run aground, depths were determined by tossing a line weighted with lead, forward of the ship.’
      • ‘Individual seating was provided for 22 passengers, along with a large private stateroom forward of the main cabin.’
      • ‘To decock you simply mash the button located on the left side of the slide just forward of the front sight.’
      • ‘To get orientation, the sides of the hull curve down slightly just forward of the debris from the wheelhouse.’
  • take something forward

    • Take responsibility for dealing with a task or developing a project.

      ‘he's designed a potentially successful product and we're doing all we can to help him take it forward’
      • ‘'Both leaders reiterated their pledge to take forward the dialogue process', he said.’
      • ‘Many of the papers in this special issue take this theme forward.’
      • ‘You'll be required to take client briefs, present your ideas and then take them forward with any changes.’
      • ‘Its firm evidence will help us take the agenda forward.’
      • ‘All they need to know is that he's the right man - probably the only man - to take the company forward.’
      • ‘I just feel the position needs a younger person who can take it forward.’
      • ‘Come and discover how you can take your studio forward.’
      • ‘It doesn't have the support within the community to take it forward.’
      • ‘They came to the meeting armed with separate proposals for how to take the company forward.’
      • ‘We talked about a meeting with the applicants to take it forward.’
      deal with, cope with, see to, address, manage, organize, orchestrate, make arrangements for, sort out, handle, take care of, take charge of, take responsibility for, take in hand, take forward, take up, undertake, tackle, give one's attention to, apply oneself to
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Origin

Old English forweard (in the sense ‘towards the future’, as in from this day forward), variant of forthweard (see forth, -ward).

Pronunciation

forward

/ˈfɔːwəd/