WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
for•ward /ˈfɔrwɚd/USA pronunciation   adv. Also,  ˈfor•wards. 
  1. toward or to what is in front, in the future, or in advance:from this day forward.
  2. into view or consideration;
    forth:She brought forward a good suggestion.

  1. directed toward a point in advance:[before a noun]a forward motion.
  2. being in a condition of advancement:[before a noun]a forward step in his career.
  3. bold;
    unruly and impolite:a rude, forward child.
  4. situated in the front:[before a noun]the forward part of the ship.
  5. Businessof, into, or for the future:a forward price.

n. [countable]
  1. Sporta player stationed in front of others on a team, as in basketball or hockey.

v. [+ object]
  1. to send onward, esp. to a new address:The post office forwarded our letters.
  2. to help onward;
    promote:forwarding one's career.
  3. to cause to advance:to forward a tape on a VCR.
for•ward•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
for•ward  (fôrwərd),USA pronunciation adv. Also, forwards. 
  1. toward or at a place, point, or time in advance;
    ahead:to move forward;from this day forward;to look forward.
  2. toward the front:Let's move forward so we can hear better.
  3. into view or consideration;
    forth:He brought forward several good suggestions.
  4. toward the bow or front of a vessel or aircraft.
  5. ahead (defs. 4, 5).

  1. directed toward a point in advance;
    moving ahead;
    onward:a forward motion.
  2. being in a condition of advancement;
    well-advanced:It was quite forward in the season when we finished our planting.
  3. ready, prompt, or eager.
  4. presumptuous, impertinent, or bold:a rude, forward child.
  5. situated in the front or forepart:the forward part of the ship.
  6. Communicationsof or pertaining to the future;
    for the future or forward delivery:forward buying; a forward price.
  7. lying ahead or to the front:Take the forward path.
  8. radical or extreme, as persons or opinions:the forward trend in certain liberal thought.

  1. [Sports.]
    • a player stationed in advance of others on a team.
    • [Football.]a lineman.
    • [Basketball.]either of two players stationed in the forecourt.
  2. Stock Exchange[Finance.]something bought, as a security, for future delivery.

  1. to send forward;
    transmit, esp. to a new address:to forward a letter.
  2. to advance or help onward;
    promote:The training will help to forward your career.

  1. 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.
forward•a•ble, adj. 
forward•ly, adv. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English for(e)weard. See fore1, -ward
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Forward, 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.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged backward.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
for•wards  (fôrwərdz),USA pronunciation adv. 
  1. forward.
  • forward + -s1 1350–1400

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

forward /ˈfɔːwəd/ adj
  1. directed or moving ahead
  2. lying or situated in or near the front part of something
  3. presumptuous, pert, or impudent: a forward remark
  4. well developed or advanced, esp in physical, material, or intellectual growth or development
  5. archaic (often postpositive) ready, eager, or willing
  6. of or relating to the future or favouring change; progressive
  7. (in combination): forward-looking
  8. realting to fulfilment at a future date
  1. an email that has been sent to one recipient and then forwarded to another
  2. an attacking player in any of various sports, such as soccer, hockey, or basketball
  1. a variant of forwards
  2. /ˈfɔːwəd; ˈfɒrəd/ towards the front or bow of an aircraft or ship
  3. into prominence or a position of being subject to public scrutiny; out; forth: the witness came forward
vb (transitive)
  1. to send forward or pass on to an ultimate destination: the letter was forwarded from a previous address
  2. to advance, help, or promote: to forward one's career
Etymology: Old English foreweard

ˈforwardly adv

forwards /ˈfɔːwədz/, forward adv
  1. towards or at a place ahead or in advance, esp in space but also in time
  2. towards the front

'forward' also found in these entries:
Collocations: forward me [the message, his email, the file], the [best, fastest, strongest] forward (in the league), [was, acted] very forward with her, more...

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