Definition of come forward in US English:

come forward

phrasal verb

  • Volunteer oneself for a task or post or to give evidence about a crime.

    • ‘The present manager is resigning at the end of March and a volunteer has yet to come forward to take over.’
    • ‘The police are quoted as saying that no-one came forward with evidence or identification.’
    • ‘None of his victims, who were praised for their bravery in coming forward and giving evidence, was in court to hear the verdict.’
    • ‘He is also appealing for volunteers to come forward to help during the two days.’
    • ‘So far no witnesses have come forward who claim to have seen people acting suspiciously.’
    • ‘But the woman never came forward to report a crime and has never been identified.’
    • ‘He also praised Mr and Mrs Brown for coming forward to give evidence.’
    • ‘This week she returned to the scene of the crime for the first time to appeal for witnesses to come forward.’
    • ‘He doesn't want to be telling them one story and then later on when the DNA evidence comes forward, have to tell them something different.’
    • ‘Donations flooded in and over a hundred volunteers came forward to help.’
    volunteer, step forward, offer one's services, make oneself available
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