Definition of put someone forward in English:

put someone forward

phrasal verb

  • Recommend someone as a suitable candidate for a job or position:

    ‘he put me forward as head of publicity’
    • ‘The policeman has been put forward for a commendation by his sergeant following his ‘instinctive’ response last Saturday night.’
    • ‘I will be recommending to my superiors that he is put forward for an award.’
    • ‘I have lost count of the times an agency has said that they are putting you forward for a position you are interested in and that's the last you hear from them.’
    • ‘Astonishingly, Elisabeth was put forward for the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1911 and 1923 (probably on the basis of her biography of her brother), only to be pipped at the post by Maeterlinck and Yeats.’
    • ‘To me, he is the obvious candidate and I would put him forward without any hesitation.’
    • ‘Since the scheme began as a pilot in September, 1999, more than 2,000 pupils from 820 schools across the UK have been put forward for the award.’
    • ‘Marion has impressed her colleagues so much that she was put forward as a finalist for an NHS achievement award and beat off stiff competition from more than 20 others to win it.’
    • ‘On the day she died, her commanding officer was putting her forward for a commendation for her part in thwarting an armed robbery, which she is now set to receive posthumously.’
    • ‘They first warned all the party members that they shouldn't put me forward as one of the candidates, and yet a lot of people did.’
    • ‘A university student from Dovercourt has been put forward for an award which celebrates young people's achievements.’
    nominate, propose, put forward, recommend
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