There are 2 definitions of forge in English:

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verb

[with object]
1Make or shape (a metal object) by heating it in a fire or furnace and hammering it: he forged a great suit of black armour
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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.
Synonyms
hammer out, beat into shape, found, cast, mould, model; fashion, form, shape, make, manufacture, produce, turn out
informal knock together, knock up, knock off
2Create (something) strong, enduring, or successful: 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.
Synonyms
3Produce a fraudulent copy or imitation of (a document, signature, banknote, or work of art): the signature on the cheque was forged
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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.
Synonyms
fake, falsify, counterfeit, copy fraudulently, copy, imitate, reproduce, replicate, simulate
informal pirate
fake, faked, false, counterfeit, imitation, reproduction, replica, copied; sham, bogus, dummy, ersatz, invalid
informal phoney, dud, pretend, crooked

noun

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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 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 melting 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.

Origin

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.

Derivatives

forgeable

adjective
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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:

forge2

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verb

[no object, with adverbial of direction]
Move forward gradually or steadily: he forged through the crowded 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.
Synonyms
advance steadily, advance gradually, press on, push on, soldier on, march on, push forward, move forward, move along, proceed, progress, make progress/headway

Origin

mid 18th century: perhaps an aberrant pronunciation of force1.

Phrasal verbs

forge ahead

Take the lead or make good progress: it may be that exports are forging ahead whilst home sales sag
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  • Human history is a history of progress - of forging ahead and improving our lot by changing our circumstances, not accommodating to them.
  • The needs and concerns of local residents must always remain paramount in such a situation - but if York is to progress, to forge ahead as a modern city, then difficult decisions will sometimes have to be made.
  • Amid the present climate of cutbacks and uncertainty in the arts, Garter Lane is especially proud of its ability to progress and forge ahead with both of these new initiatives.
Synonyms
advance rapidly, progress quickly, make swift progress, increase speed, put a spurt on

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