toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward; ahead:to move forward;from this day forward;to look forward.
toward the front:Let's move forward so we can hear better.
into view or consideration; out; forth:He brought forward several good suggestions.
toward the bow or front of a vessel or aircraft.
ahead (defs. 4, 5).
directed toward a point in advance; moving ahead; onward:a forward motion.
being in a condition of advancement; well-advanced:It was quite forward in the season when we finished our planting.
ready, prompt, or eager.
presumptuous, impertinent, or bold:a rude, forward child.
situated in the front or forepart:the forward part of the ship.
Communicationsof or pertaining to the future; for the future or forward delivery:forward buying; a forward price.
lying ahead or to the front:Take the forward path.
radical or extreme, as persons or opinions:the forward trend in certain liberal thought.
a player stationed in advance of others on a team.
[Basketball.]either of two players stationed in the forecourt.
Stock Exchange[Finance.]something bought, as a security, for future delivery.
to send forward; transmit, esp. to a new address:to forward a letter.
to advance or help onward; promote:The training will help to forward your career.
to advance or play a mechanism, recording tape, cassette, etc., in the forward direction:to find a musical selection without forwarding through the whole cassette.
bef. 900; Middle English; Old English for(e)weard. See fore1, -ward
1.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedForward,onward both indicate a direction toward the front or a movement in a frontward direction. Forward applies to any movement toward what is or is conceived to be the front or a goal:to face forward; to move forward in the aisles.Onward applies to any movement in continuance of a course:to march onward toward a goal.
8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged willing, earnest, zealous.
9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged assuming, impudent. See bold.
11.See corresponding entry in Unabridged early, preliminary, future, premature.
13.See corresponding entry in Unabridged unconventional, progressive.
17.See corresponding entry in Unabridged further, foster.