Definition of fore in English:

fore

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Pronunciation: /fɔː
 
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adjective

[attributive]
Situated or placed in front: the fore and hind pairs of wings
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  • For all parents and offspring we therefore measured left and right wing length and width and hind, mid, and fore tibia length.
  • He wasn't authorized to do so, but he had installed a pair of Laser Canons on his fore stern.
  • Lightning and thunder spooked the horses more than we had anticipated, and though we tried to retain control of the animals, they bolted, the three of us gripping the fore ridge of our saddles as the horses raced on and on.

noun

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The front part of something, especially a ship.
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  • Sonia climbed regally out of her stateroom in the fore of the ship.
  • The world was opened up to trade and industry, with British iron, railways, ships, capital, and expertise in the fore.
  • Doremi was now returning aft, and walked to below the fore of the sterncastle, tears streaming down her face.

exclamation

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Called out as a warning to people in the path of a golf ball.

preposition

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(also 'fore) non-standard form of before. 'fore you know it, you’re in trouble
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  • I've got to formulate a plot fore I end up in jail or shot
  • So he caught the bus and there was a stop just fore the finish mark by the State Hotel and he walked casually across the line.

Origin

Old English (as a preposition, also in the sense 'before in time, previously'): of Germanic origin; related to Dutch voor and German vor. The adjective and noun represent the prefix fore- used independently (late 15th century).

Phrases

to the fore

In or to a conspicuous or leading position: the succession issue came to the fore
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  • When work amongst women is taken seriously then many more women will come to the fore and take leading positions.
  • When the players compiled their list this time round, many of the same issues returned to the fore.
  • I dare say over the coming few weeks you will see those issues come out to the fore.

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