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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
  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.

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