Definition of forward in English:

forward

adverb

  • 1Toward the front; in the direction that one is facing or traveling.

    ‘he started up the engine and the car moved forward’
    ‘Lori leaned forward over the table’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A gyroplane is an aircraft which is powered forwards by an engine, causing air to pass through overhead rotating blades which create lift.’
    • ‘The crowd applauded as the young girl stepped shyly forwards.’
    • ‘Now I'm sitting here propped up with cushions trying to remember not to lean back or forwards… or move at all.’
    • ‘Irritated, she ran forward and stood in front of him, causing him to stop abruptly.’
    • ‘The ball has to stop at the top of the backswing and change directions to travel forward.’
    • ‘Keep your body upright and don't let your front knee go forward.’
    • ‘He pulled on one of the levers and the ship began to move forwards.’
    • ‘Hamma sat beside me staring intently forward and indicating the direction that we should take with a flick of his finger.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When you are seated, make sure you sit at the front edge of the chair, leaning slightly forward.’
    • ‘Tom Reid stepped forwards, looking altogether more relaxed.’
    • ‘The two ran away from the ship as fast as possible, and were thrown forward by the force of the explosion.’
    • ‘As the gas burns, it moves rapidly rearward, propelling the aircraft forward.’
    • ‘A short while later the two ships surge forward together at a speed of 30 knots.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Overall, despite the guy in front of leaning forward so I couldn't see part of the stage, I enjoyed it immensely.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘Just then, the black car in front of us moved forward and disappeared, then it was our turn.’
    ahead, forwards, onwards, onward, on, further
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    1. 1.1In, near, or toward the bow or nose of a ship or aircraft.
      • ‘The other common merchant ship layout is all holds forward with a superstructure aft.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2In the normal order or sequence.
      ‘the number was the same backward as forward’
      • ‘Her name reads the same forwards and backwards.’
      • ‘It's not just the lyrics that are palindromes, but the music is the same backwards as it is forwards as well.’
      • ‘By the time I was five I knew the song Waltzing Matilda forwards and backwards.’
      • ‘A palindrome is a word, phrase, or sentence which reads the same backwards and forwards.’
      • ‘He can memorise 60 digit numbers in a jiffy and recite them 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.’
      • ‘Finding a particular spot on the tape means you have to wind the tape forward or backward.’
  • 2Onward so as to make progress; toward a successful conclusion.

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

    ‘from that day forward, the assembly was at odds with us’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We are always on the side of progress, looking forward, stepping into the future.’
    • ‘So looking forward from here, you would expect the retail trade data to remain quite strong over coming months.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the main thrust of his speech was looking forward to the future of British farming.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This ancient deity, we are told, could look both back on past events and forward to the future.’
    • ‘If I could turn back time I would but I can't so it's time to look 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.’
    • ‘Ben, I expect you to comply with the terms of the restraining order from this point forward.’
    • ‘This is perhaps the biggest concern right now and the biggest concern looking forward.’
    • ‘We believe that there are significant operational synergies to be gained from this merger and are excited about the opportunities going forward.’
    • ‘The new administration appears to be looking forward, and we're cautiously optimistic about a positive tone for debate on environmental issues.’
    • ‘Anyhow, anything written by the three mentioned above should from this day forward be treated with suspicion, if not outright derision.’
    • ‘History, however, is useful only if we can take its lessons forward to a different future.’
    onward, onwards, on, forth, forwards
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    1. 3.1To an earlier time.
      ‘the special issue has been moved forward to winter’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The kick-off has been moved forward from 3pm to midday.’
      • ‘Their logic dictates that the chances of bothersome winter postponements are reduced by propelling matches forwards.’
      • ‘Following poor weather forecasts for Friday, the team shifted its programme forward in order to be ready to run today.’
      • ‘It seems they have decided to bring the date of the wedding forward.’
      • ‘Most other member states claim to be making good progress in bringing forward the transposition.’

adjective

  • 1Directed or facing toward the front or the direction that one is facing or traveling.

    ‘forward flight’
    ‘the pilot's forward view’
    • ‘On the role Baxter has played in dragging British skiing in a forward direction, he is characteristically modest.’
    • ‘It only happens to me once in a blue moon that I can make no forward progress.’
    • ‘The amount of rainfall directly related to how fast the forward speed of the storm is.’
    • ‘We were using our energy mainly for forward progress, rather than for load hauling.’
    • ‘With the gun in a fixed forward position, the pilot can aim by manoeuvring the helicopter.’
    • ‘Rear tires of a tandem typically will wear more quickly than the forward positions.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, this operates in an abrupt way and can make forward progress rather uneven.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Notice the flattened body bends and lack of forward progress that the animals make.’
    • ‘He closed his eyes and exhaled, feeling the gentle tremor of the ship's forward thrust.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His initial movement is forward, though he does not commit himself on to the front foot.’
    • ‘Anything that could be added to slow the forward momentum of your opponent is helpful.’
    • ‘The Conger can swim almost as powerfully backwards as it can in a forward direction.’
    • ‘To add to that sense of confusion, Nolan films with both forward and backward momentum.’
    • ‘Males sport splashes of black and brown on a forward segment of their front legs.’
    • ‘Repeat this several times until the horse begins to feel you sit deeper in your saddle and, in response, stops his forward motion.’
    • ‘The forward motion of the hand and fingertips impart a gentle backspin to the ball.’
    • ‘The forward direction of the ball is accomplished by the horizontal angle of the cue stick.’
    • ‘I have to have my wrists ahead of the ball at impact and play the follow-through like a forward defensive cricket shot.’
    1. 1.1Positioned near the enemy lines.
      ‘troops moved to the forward areas’
      • ‘He was in a forward defence line with eight other soldiers, five of whom lost their lives.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the first, forward observers would take a bearing on the flash of an enemy gun and report it to a central control.’
      • ‘In the first incident, two rockets were fired at the forward operating base near Khost.’
      • ‘Hundreds of thousands of cadets poured out of the shuttles and raced to the forward positions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Would the risks of establishing a forward position be justified by the operational advantages?’
      • ‘The next three weeks were testing ones for the 7th Battalion, holding a forward position near the Bois de Bavent.’
      • ‘There was one forward depot for each army formation with one forward battalion to support each front-line corps.’
    2. 1.2(in sports) moving toward the opponents' goal.
      ‘a forward pass’
      • ‘This followed a first-class try by Lister after rugged forward play, the full back converting.’
      • ‘Shortly after, Burley scored from a forward drive right on the final whistle.’
      • ‘Owen had a quiet game but contributed with good forward runs and support play.’
      • ‘Doncaster regained the lead ten minutes later following strong forward play.’
      • ‘The forward play gave the backs chance to show their skills with Hinchliffe running in two more tries.’
    3. 1.3In, near, or toward the bow or nose of a ship or aircraft.
      • ‘A door slid open automatically when they approached the forward section of the ship.’
      • ‘Merlin stood at the forward end of the Recreation Deck in front of the large window.’
      • ‘Then he noticed a smaller group coming into the bay to his right, the forward end of the ship.’
      • ‘She snapped out orders and her ship heaved to the side, exposing the forward cannon to the enemy.’
      • ‘Two slots one either side of the nose showed where the forward cannons were hidden.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was in the forward quarter of the ship, with the rest of the rooms nearby.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is a large wheelhouse to explore and a couple of big winches and gear in the forward part of the ship.’
    4. 1.4Electronics
      (of a voltage applied to a semiconductor junction) in the direction that allows significant current to flow.
      • ‘The voltage in the forward wave is always greater than the voltage in the reflected wave.’
      • ‘However, charge recombination reactions can occur when the forward electron transport cannot proceed.’
  • 2[attributive] Relating to or concerned with the future.

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

    ‘the decision is a forward step’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tufnell is not exactly a forward step in selection and he's had many chances before.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You know, there was a time when it seemed we'd never take a forward step that didn't involve technology.’
    • ‘Most likely you will come up with a ton of ideas to get your business moving in a forward direction.’
    1. 3.1Developing or acting earlier than expected or required; advanced or precocious.
      ‘an alarmingly forward yet painfully vulnerable child’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 4(of a person) bold or familiar in manner, especially in a presumptuous way.

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

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He is particularly worried about the lack of depth in the number of front row forwards.’
    • ‘And while their forwards are definitely talented, asking them to get three goals each time out is too much, even for a Newcastle team.’
    • ‘His biggest problem on the past two league campaigns is getting the Dublin forwards to score goals.’
    • ‘Rush was one of the most lethal forwards of the past 25 years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Luke, a front row forward, had been due to play his first match for the club's development squad on Saturday.’
    • ‘Clive Connaughton and Daniel Morgan both had an excellent game at midfield and up front all forwards played their part in this great win.’
    • ‘This is one of the reasons that most forwards score fewer goals in a season than they did ten years ago.’
    • ‘The backs set up a strong attacking position and the forwards forced the ball over the line from close range.’
    • ‘Yet goals do win games, and a team that has forwards that can steal goals is always a threat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hockey should follow suit with special coaches for goalkeepers, defenders, halfbacks and forwards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I am still scoring goals, which is what all forwards are judged on, and hopefully there are a few more to come.’
    • ‘Up front each forward got his name on the score sheet and proved that this win was a real team effort.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1American Football
      An offensive or defensive lineman.
  • 2Finance

verb

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

    ‘a forwarding address’
    • ‘The attorney general's office forwarded the letters to the Criminal Cases Review Commission last week.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ask the post office to forward your mail to the new address.’
    • ‘The charity will forward the letters to the foreign embassies to make them aware of the level of public support for the drivers.’
    • ‘In the future I have requested that any letters be forwarded to me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People are asked to forward any letters and/or pictures to the Editorial team as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Her letter has now been forwarded to the relevant department, but last night Mrs Harrison was still awaiting a response.’
    • ‘I forwarded the letter to the general secretary.’
    • ‘This letter has been forwarded to most newspapers and magazines throughout the UK.’
    • ‘Thanks to all of you who are forwarding the letters you've sent to the school.’
    • ‘The NCSC forwarded this letter to the Tribunal.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The main trade union for Dublin bar workers forwarded our letter asking members to contact the research team if they were interested in participating.’
    • ‘If everyone on my mailing list forwarded my letters to two others, then a lot of people would have received my messages.’
    • ‘I received a six-month-old letter that had been forwarded from an old address.’
    • ‘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.’
    send on, post on, redirect, readdress, pass on
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    1. 1.1Hand over or send (an official document)
      ‘their final report was forwarded to the Commanding Officer’
    2. 1.2Dispatch (goods)
      ‘a freight forwarding company’
      • ‘We have been trying to forward documents both to the post office box and to the residential addresses given.’
      • ‘The boxes will be forwarded to children suffering through war, poverty, natural disaster and disease worldwide.’
      • ‘The warrant will then be sent to the CPS, which will forward the documents to the Israeli authorities.’
      • ‘The best picture will be forwarded for inclusion in the album, which will be presented to the Queen this summer.’
      • ‘But the criminal investigator's report has now been forwarded to commanding officers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The minutes of the meeting will now be forwarded to the full Southern Health Board meeting on June 3 for consideration.’
      • ‘All donations of old coins will be forwarded to the missions.’
      • ‘My brother in London purchased books from the Intermediate Technology Development Group and forwarded them to me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For each recyclable cartridge returned, a donation up to E1.30 will be forwarded to Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind.’
      • ‘It later emerged that he had failed to forward documents to her in Ireland and had allowed other persons to live at the property.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tickets will be forwarded by post to customers' credit card billing address.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘From Taiwan freight can be forwarded to cities worldwide using EVA Air's route network and cooperation agreements with carriers globally.’
  • 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

  • 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’
      • ‘Many of the papers in this special issue take this theme 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You'll be required to take client briefs, present your ideas and then take them forward with any changes.’
      • ‘We talked about a meeting with the applicants to take it forward.’
      • ‘'Both leaders reiterated their pledge to take forward the dialogue process', he said.’
      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 toward the future as in from this day forward), variant of forthweard (see forth, -ward).

Pronunciation:

forward

/ˈfôrwərd/