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verb American English pronunciation: forge /fɔrdʒ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyforge
he/she/itforges
present participleforging
past tenseforged
past participleforged

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  1. 1
    [transitive] to develop a successful relationship, especially in business or politics, with another country, organization, or person

    The company wanted to forge alliances with other motor manufacturers.

    forge links:

    During the 1970s, the U.S. forged trade links with China.

    1. a.
      to work hard to achieve something

      She forged a new career as a poet and songwriter.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to illegally copy documents, paper money, or works of art with the intention of cheating people

    Someone forged my signature.

    The police are searching for stolen goods, forged passports, and drugs.

  3. 4
    [intransitive] to keep moving forward, with a lot of difficulty
    forge on/through:

    Napoleon's soldiers forged through the snow.

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