forward - definition and synonyms

adjective, adverb 

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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.

      I reached forward to touch her hand, but she moved it away.

    2. b.
      looking in the direction that is in front of you
  2. 2
    in a position towards the front of a room or vehicle

    Let’s sit further forward so we can see the stage better.

    the forward part of the train

  3. 3
    towards the future or a better state
    1. a.
      thinking about or planning for the future, especially in a hopeful way

      We are looking forward to new possibilities.

      forward planning/thinking:

      A bit more forward planning would have helped.

    2. 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

      no further forward:

      The investigation into these allegations seems no further forward.

  4. 4
    very confident and direct about saying what you think, in a way that is not socially suitable

    Was I being too forward when I asked to stay the weekend?

  5. 5
    if you put a clock or watch forward, you change the time it shows to a later time