There are 2 definitions of forge in English:


Syllabification: forge
Pronunciation: /fôrj


[with object]
1Make or shape (a metal object) by heating it in a fire or furnace and beating or hammering it.
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  • For a dark blade such as this, the metal is forged in a magical fire of burning ice.
  • Tight faceting suggests plumage, but those feathers could be forged of sheet metal.
  • While many of his peers buy their Damascus steel from artisans, Kirk forges his own and shapes it to perfection.
hammer out, beat into shape, fashion
1.1Create (a relationship or new conditions): the two women forged a close bond the country is forging a bright new future
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  • These and other factors have helped forge a strong and enduring bond of good will and friendship between our two countries.
  • The successful practices have forged a close working relationship between Public Works, Police, Fire, and Health Departments.
  • Yorkshire players past and present are expected to forge much stronger links together if the seal of approval is given to the formation of the club's first Players' Association.
build, construct, form, create, establish, set up
2Produce a copy or imitation of (a document, signature, banknote, or work or art) for the purpose of deception.
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  • The plaintiff could easily have forged her partner's signature to it.
  • The signatures were forged by the defendant, who also signed the documents as having witnessed the signatures.
  • An action had been brought by the second company against a bank, alleging that the wife had forged the husband's signature on cheques.
fake, falsify, counterfeit, copy, imitate, reproduce, replicate, simulatefake, faked, false, counterfeit, imitation, copied, pirated; sham, bogus
informal phony, dud


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1A blacksmith’s workshop; a smithy.
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  • Culm was the material most widely used in the forges by blacksmiths and large quantities of the sub-stance were imported from England and Wales for that purpose.
  • The forge was occupied by blacksmith Richard Tarrant when it was painted.
  • Eusebio pointed with pride to its church and rectory, carpenter shop, blacksmith forge, and water mill.
1.1A furnace or hearth for melting or refining metal.
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  • The forger then seized the blank in a pair of tongs and reheated it in his forge or furnace to as high a temperature as the metal could stand without burning up.
  • But to build it you need new forges, new metals and tools and the time to learn to use them properly.
  • He made his mirrors from speculum metal - four parts copper to one part tin - but had to construct a forge to melt the speculum and cast the disc from which the mirror could be ground.
1.2A workshop or factory containing a furnace for refining metal.
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  • Paper factories, glass factories, tanneries, forges, and other such establishments, which sold principally to local and national markets, had a far from negligible output.
  • Primarily an agrarian community the town was also home to a brass foundry, an iron forge, a wire-drawing mill, and a community of cabinetmakers.
  • Their society worshipped metal, and some of the best gear in existence came from the Ele system's massive forges and factories.


Middle English (also in the general sense 'make, construct'): from Old French forger, from Latin fabricare 'fabricate', from fabrica 'manufactured object, workshop'. The noun is via Old French from Latin fabrica.



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  • Even the most biometrically sophisticated of modern ID documents will be potentially forgeable for those with a strong incentive to do so.
  • But in order to give an outsider access, that outsider must be trusted, verified - and basically, certified, signing in with a digital certificate that is not feasibly forgeable.
  • This is something that's easily forgeable - I've no idea how they'll be validating that the people who have countersigned actually exist, but I can't see that it'll be comprehensive.

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There are 2 definitions of forge in English:


Syllabification: forge
Pronunciation: /


[no object]
Move forward gradually or steadily: he forged through the crowded side streets
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  • Nonetheless, I forged steadily forwards and was pleased to see the white and greenish-grey layers of ancient sandstone and shale getting closer.
  • The ship was forging forward, but at the table I felt myself pulled back to her smell and her skin and her sound; the ship sailed one way; I sailed another.
  • You have to forge along, carefully treading a new way, trusting that your sense of direction has you going toward the right destination.
advance steadily, advance gradually, press on, push on, soldier on, march on, push forward, make progress, make headway


mid 18th century (originally of a ship): perhaps an aberrant pronunciation of force1.

Phrasal verbs

forge ahead

Move forward or take the lead in a race.
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  • Beckingsale attacked on the strength sapping drag on lap 5 and only Stander could match him and together they forged ahead of the chasing trio.
advance rapidly, progress quickly, make rapid progress, increase speed
Continue or make progress with a course or undertaking: the government is forging ahead with reforms
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  • But local leaders are forging ahead with the stadium plan, no matter how many holes it has in it, with or without public support.
  • U.S. historians might find a brighter future in having a surer sense of self, being unapologetically who they are, and forging ahead with the recruitment and training of successors while there is still time.
  • San Francisco also has a number of museums showing historic art that, despite the economic downturn, are forging ahead with new building projects designed by high-profile architects.

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