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adjective, adverb forward pronunciation in American English /ˈfɔrwərd/
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Forward can be used in the following ways:
as an adverb: I stepped forward to greet him.
as an adjective: I hope you don’t think I’m being too forward.The marines took up forward positions.
as part of the preposition phrase forward of: two yards forward of the vehicle
  1. 1
    in the direction in front of you
    1. a.
      moving in the direction in front of you
      The car started to roll forward very slowly.
      Suddenly the door opened, blocking my forward movement.
      I reached forward to touch her hand, but she moved it away.
  2. 2
    in a position toward the front of a room or vehicle
    Let’s sit farther forward so we can see the stage better.
    the forward part of the train
  3. 3
    toward the future or a better state
    1. b.
      progressing or getting better as time passes
      Officials concede that the way forward will not be easy.
      a giant leap forward in computer technology
  4. 4
    very confident and direct about saying what you think, in a way that is not socially appropriate
    Was I being too forward when I asked to stay the weekend?




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