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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
fore1 /fɔr/USA pronunciation
adj. [before a noun]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- situated in front:the fore part of a boat.
n. [countable; usually singular]
- Nautical, Naval Termsat or toward the front of a vessel;
- the forepart of anything;
fore2 /fɔr/USA pronunciation
- Idioms, Naval Termsfore and aft, in, at, or to both ends of a ship.
- Idiomsto the fore:
- Idiomsinto a conspicuous place or position.
fore- is attached to nouns and means:
- Sport(used as a cry of warning by a golfer to persons in danger of being struck by a ball in flight).
- before (in space, time, condition, etc.):fore- + -cast → forecast (= prediction before weather comes);fore- + taste → foretaste (= a taste before the event takes place);fore- + warn → forewarn (= to warn ahead of time).
- front:fore- + head → forehead (= front of the head).
- preceding:fore- + father → forefather (= father that came before).
- superior:fore- + man → foreman (= superior to the other workers).
(fôr, fōr),USA pronunciation adj.
- situated at or toward the front, as compared with something else.
- first in place, time, order, rank, etc.;
- Naval Termsof or pertaining to a foremast.
- Naval Termsnoting a sail, yard, boom, etc., or any rigging belonging to a fore lower mast or to some upper mast of a foremast.
- Nauticalnoting any stay running aft and upward to the head of a fore lower mast or to some specified upper mast of a foremast:fore topmast stay.
- Naval Termssituated at or toward the bow of a vessel;
- Nautical, Naval Termsat or toward the bow.
- Nautical, Naval Termsfore and aft, in, at, or to both ends of a ship.
- the forepart of anything;
- Nautical, Naval Termsthe fore, the foremast.
- to the fore:
- Idiomsinto a conspicuous place or position;
to or at the front.
- Idiomsat hand;
- Idiomsstill alive.
- Informal TermsAlso, 'fore. before.
(fôr, fōr),USA pronunciation interj. [Golf.]
- by construal of fore- as an adjective, adjectival, hence nominalized; fore and aft perh. as translation of Dutch or Low German; sense "before'' (defs. 6, 11) perh. continuation of Middle English, Old English fore in this sense, or as aphetic form of afore
- Sport(used as a cry of warning to persons on a course who are in danger of being struck by the ball.)
a prefix meaning "before'' (in space, time, condition, etc.), "front,'' "superior,'' etc.:forehead; forecast;foretell;foreman.
- probably aphetic variant of before 1875–80
- combining form representing Middle English, Old English for(e)
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
fore /fɔː/ adj
- (usually in combination) located at, in, or towards the front: the forelegs of a horse
- the front part
- something located at, in, or towards the front
- fore and aft ⇒ located at or directed towards both ends of a vessel: a fore-and-aft rig
- to the fore ⇒ to or into the front or conspicuous position
prep , conj
- at or towards a ship's bow
- obsolete before
Etymology: Old English; related to Old Saxon, Old High German fora, Gothic faura, Greek para, Sanskrit pura
- a less common word for before
fore /fɔː/ interj
Etymology: 19th Century: probably short for before
- (in golf) a warning shout made by a player about to make a shot