Did you know?

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

put forward - definition and synonyms


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.



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.

phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyput forward
he/she/itputs forward
present participleputting forward
past tenseput forward
past participleput forward
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    to offer an idea, opinion, reason etc, especially so that people can discuss it and make a decision

    He rejected all the proposals put forward by the committee.

    1. a.
      to officially suggest that someone should be considered for a particular job or position
      put someone forward as/for something:

      Your name was put forward as a possible team leader.

      put someone forward to do something:

      I’ve thought about putting myself forward to chair the meeting.

  2. 2
    to change the time or date of an event so that it happens earlier than originally planned

    The meeting has been put forward to Monday.

  3. 3
    to change the time of a clock or watch to a later time

    The pilot reminded us to put our watches forward by two hours.

See also main entry: put

Open Dictionary


the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

add a word


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
Macmillan learn live love play