Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

forward - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
adjective, adverb forward pronunciation in American English /ˈfɔrwərd/
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
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?

phrases

 

nanodegree

a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

hypocaust

an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog