forward Definition

  • 1towards the direction that is in front of you
  • 2ready or willing to do something new or difficult
  • 3sent, given, or done quickly and willingly

Using forward: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "forward" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He stepped forward to greet me.

  • Example

    She is always forward in trying new things.

  • Example

    The company made a forward move by investing in new technology.

  • Example

    I forwarded your email to the team.

forward Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using forward

  • thinking about and planning for the future in a creative and positive way


    The company's forward-thinking approach has led to its success.

  • to suggest or introduce an idea or plan for discussion


    He brought forward a new proposal for the project.

  • to encourage or promote someone to take on a new role or responsibility


    The manager pushed her forward for a promotion.

Phrases with forward

  • to feel happy and excited about something that is going to happen


    I'm looking forward to seeing you next week.

  • to suggest an idea or plan for other people to consider


    He put forward a proposal to improve the company's sales.

  • to make progress or advance in a situation


    We need to move forward with the project to meet the deadline.

Origins of forward

from Old English 'foreweard', meaning 'toward the front'


Summary: forward in Brief

The adverb 'forward' [ˈfɔːwəd] denotes movement towards the front, as in 'He stepped forward to greet me.' It also implies readiness or willingness to try new things, as in 'She is always forward in trying new things.' 'Forward' can also mean quick and willing, as in 'I forwarded your email to the team.' Phrases like 'look forward to' and idioms like 'forward thinking' emphasize positivity and creativity.

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