- 1In the direction that one is facing or travelling; towards the front: he started up the engine and the car moved forward Rory leaned forward over the tableMore example sentences
- The ball has to stop at the top of the backswing and change directions to travel forward.
- Just then, the black car in front of us moved forward and disappeared, then it was our turn.
- I turned to face him, finally meeting his gaze before leaning forward and kissing him softly.
- 1.1In or towards the bow or nose of a ship or aircraft.More example sentences
- Then Hayes moved aft, across a passageway to the starboard side of the ship, and forward.
- The submersible is housed in a trunk below the deck of the ship just forward of the bridge.
- The other common merchant ship layout is all holds forward with a superstructure aft.
- 1.2In the normal order or sequence: the number was the same backwards as forwardsMore example sentences
- By the time I was five I knew the song Waltzing Matilda forwards and backwards.
- I hope so, for I have such high hopes for this new year, one that reads the same backwards as forwards - a calendar palindrome.
- He can memorise 60 digit numbers in a jiffy and recite them forwards and backwards.
- 2Onward so as to make progress: the signing of the treaty is a big step forwardMore example sentences
- Our victory is a big step forwards for everyone.
- Without spending this money we cannot go forward and progress as a club but we clearly can't afford it.
- The first step forwards to reducing our insatiable need for more and more power is to cut the waste.
- 3Towards the future: looking forward, earnings are expected to hit £7.2 billionMore example sentences
- But the main thrust of his speech was looking forward to the future of British farming.
- But we think at this time and looking forward to our future that we would like to stay with one team and focus our resources on one team.
- Thus there are very few people who do not look back to the past with a sense of longing or forward to the future with a sense of unease.
- 3.1To an earlier time: the special issue has been moved forward to NovemberMore example sentences
- Their logic dictates that the chances of bothersome winter postponements are reduced by propelling matches forwards.
- Following poor weather forecasts for Friday, the team shifted its programme forward in order to be ready to run today.
- Most other member states claim to be making good progress in bringing forward the transposition.
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- 1Directed or facing towards the front or the direction that one is facing or travelling: forward flight the pilot’s forward viewMore example sentences
- On the role Baxter has played in dragging British skiing in a forward direction, he is characteristically modest.
- Males sport splashes of black and brown on a forward segment of their front legs.
- The forward direction of the ball is accomplished by the horizontal angle of the cue stick.
- 1.1Positioned near the enemy lines: troops moved to the forward areasMore example sentences
- The next three weeks were testing ones for the 7th Battalion, holding a forward position near the Bois de Bavent.
- There was one forward depot for each army formation with one forward battalion to support each front-line corps.
- In the first incident, two rockets were fired at the forward operating base near Khost.
- 1.2Situated in or towards the bow or nose of a ship or aircraft: the forward cargo doors [predic.]: the crew’s cabin is forwardMore example sentences
- A door slid open automatically when they approached the forward section of the ship.
- The power of the wave destroys the reinforcement and pounds the ship's forward shields.
- It was in the forward quarter of the ship, with the rest of the rooms nearby.
- 1.3 Electronics (Of a voltage applied to a semiconductor junction) in the direction which allows significant current to flow.More example sentences
- The voltage in the forward wave is always greater than the voltage in the reflected wave.
- However, charge recombination reactions can occur when the forward electron transport cannot proceed.
- 2 [attributive] Relating to the future: forward planningMore example sentences
- It almost seems like poor forward planning to have these two events so close together on the Christian calendar.
- No one can really accuse the authority of not doing its forward planning.
- The event is a trial of navigation, forward planning, decision making and a test of your ability to drive - it is not a race!
- 3Progressing towards a successful conclusion: the decision is a forward stepMore example sentences
- As a result, technologists and businesses cannot assume unhindered forward progress.
- Tufnell is not exactly a forward step in selection and he's had many chances before.
- You know, there was a time when it seemed we'd never take a forward step that didn't involve technology.
- 3.1Further advanced than expected or required: an alarmingly forward yet painfully vulnerable childMore example sentences
- It was when she was a little over a year old that Charlotte first appeared to have problems. Before then she was a very forward child talking and singing, but suddenly started to slow down.
- He doesn't use sign language nearly as much now because he talks such a lot. He's very forward for his age and I think that teaching him a form of communication so young has given him extra confidence.
- 4(Of a person) bold or overfamiliar in manner: I am not usually a forward sort of personMore example sentences
bold, brazen, brazen-faced, barefaced, brash, shameless, immodest, audacious, daring, presumptuous, presuming, assuming, familiar, overfamiliar; irreverent, over-assertive, overconfident, overweening, aggressive, thrusting, pert, impudent, impertinent, cheeky, insolent, unabashed• informal brass-necked, cocky, fresh
- Olivia worries that she was too forward with him, and that he is now judging her because of it.
- Being alone became an annoying state, and those forward women became more attractive to you by the week.
- When he goes on a date with Jane Gallagher, Holden becomes extremely agitated, because Stradlater is extremely forwardwith his dates.
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- 1An attacking player in football, hockey, or other sports.More example sentences
- Hockey should follow suit with special coaches for goalkeepers, defenders, halfbacks and forwards.
- Their top forwards are still in their prime, their top defensemen are still in their prime and their goalie is among the best in the league.
- Rush was one of the most lethal forwards of the past 25 years.
- 2 (forwards) Agreements to trade specified assets, typically currency, at a specified price at a certain future date. Compare with future ( sense 2 of the noun).More example sentences
- The first type, called futures or forwards, oblige a buyer and seller to complete a transaction at a predetermined time in the future at a price agreed upon today.
- Why are forwards crashing and trading at a discount?
- There are four basic types of derivatives transactions: forwards, futures, swaps, and options.
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- 1Send (a letter or email) on to a further destination: my emails were forwarded to a friend I recently received an email forwarded from a friend (as adjective forwarding) a forwarding addressMore example sentences
- I received a six-month-old letter that had been forwarded from an old address.
- The letter was forwarded to her current address and she replied to it on September 26, stating that she did indeed want the committee to proceed.
- Thanks to all of you who are forwarding the letters you've sent to the school.
- 1.1Dispatch or send (a document or goods): apply by forwarding a CVMore example sentences
- The warrant will then be sent to the CPS, which will forward the documents to the Israeli authorities.
- We have been trying to forward documents both to the post office box and to the residential addresses given.
- Stan had not responded in writing to George's new accountant, nor had he forwarded the requested documents.
- 2Help to advance (something); promote: the scientists are forwarding the development of biotechnologyMore example sentences
- I see a contradiction, though, as these same people are often also supporters of the corporatocracy, which is largely responsible for forwarding postmodernism.
- Dangerfield was into comedy for the long haul, looking not only to forward his own career, but those of other talented people as well.
- He uses religious, economic, and political discourses in new and clever ways in order to forward his own political aims.
- In front of: the units are located forward of the flight deck control and display panelsMore example sentences
- We are engaged in discussions parallel to the advance of the thrust forward of troops on the ground.
- The poop deck shows the holes for the large skylights over the steering engines just forward of the docking bridge.
- Lest they should run aground, depths were determined by tossing a line weighted with lead, forward of the ship.
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- Take responsibility for dealing with a task or developing a project: he’s designed a potentially successful product and we’re doing all we can to help him take it forwardMore example sentences
- Many of the papers in this special issue take this theme forward.
- They came to the meeting armed with separate proposals for how to take the company forward.
- You'll be required to take client briefs, present your ideas and then take them forward with any changes.
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- Hoping to deter further Japanese expansion, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ordered the Pacific Fleet to remain forwardly deployed at Pearl Harbor in Oahu, Hawaii, after its 1940 maneuvers.
- You're a hot guy and you're cool,’ Nicole said forwardly, not aware of the impact her words had on Sean.
- However, unlike a ship or an established Air Force base, Army units forwardly deployed do not have telecommunications land lines or habitual satellite links.