forward

Forward is the direction ahead of you, or toward the front of something. It can also be a position on a basketball, soccer, or hockey team.

Forward can be a direction of either space or time, and also implies progress. A forward-thinking person thinks about what will happen in the future. If you forward an email, you send it on to a new recipient. But if you forward a cause, that means you helped propel it to success. If you’re at a bar and someone tells you you’re being awfully forward, you’re probably coming on too strong.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: forward

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advadj
at or to or toward the front
at or near or directed toward the front
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n
a position on a basketball, soccer, or hockey team
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adj
used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty
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v
send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: forward
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adv at or to or toward the front

“he faced forward
“step forward
Synonyms:
forrad, forrard, forwards, frontward, frontwards
Antonyms:
back, backward, backwards, rearward, rearwards
at or to or toward the back or rear

adv in a forward direction

“they went slowly forward in the mud”
Synonyms:
ahead, forrader, forwards, onward, onwards

adv forward in time or order or degree

Synonyms:
forth, onward

adv toward the future; forward in time

“I look forward to seeing you”
Synonyms:
ahead
Antonyms:
back, backward
in or to or toward a past time

adv near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane

Synonyms:
fore
Antonyms:
abaft, aft, astern
at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane

adj at or near or directed toward the front

“the forward section of the aircraft”
“a forward plunge down the stairs”
forward motion”
Synonyms
full-face, gardant, guardant
looking forward
headfirst, headlong
with the head foremost
fore
situated at or toward the bow of a vessel
progressive
favoring or promoting progress
Antonyms:
backward
directed or facing toward the back or rear
backswept, sweptback
used of hair
cacuminal, retroflex
pronounced with the tip of the tongue turned back toward the hard palate
converse, reversed, transposed
turned about in order or relation
inverse, reverse
reversed (turned backward) in order or nature or effect
rearward, reverse
directed or moving toward the rear
receding
(of a hairline e.g.) moving slowly back
reflexive, self-referent
referring back to itself
regardant
looking backward
retracted
drawn back and in
retral, retrograde
moving or directed or tending in a backward direction or contrary to a previous direction
retroflex, retroflexed
bent or curved backward
returning, reversive
tending to be turned back
regressive
opposing progress; returning to a former less advanced state
retrospective
concerned with or related to the past
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adj moving forward

Synonyms:
advancing, forward-moving
progressive
favoring or promoting progress

adj of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle

“in a forward gear”
Antonyms:
reverse
of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a motor vehicle
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n a position on a basketball, soccer, or hockey team

Type of:
position
(in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player

n the person who plays the position of forward in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey

Examples:
Julius Winfield Erving
United States basketball forward (born in 1950)
Type of:
basketball player, basketeer, cager
an athlete who plays basketball
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adj used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty

“a forward child badly in need of discipline”
Synonyms
brash, cheeky, nervy
offensively bold
bumptious, self-assertive
offensively self-assertive
overfamiliar
taking undue liberties
fresh, impertinent, impudent, overbold, sassy, saucy, smart, wise
improperly forward or bold
assuming, assumptive, presumptuous
excessively forward
bold
fearless and daring
Antonyms:
backward
(used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature
bashful, blate
disposed to avoid notice
timid
showing fear and lack of confidence
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v send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit

forward my mail”
Synonyms:
send on
Type of:
send, ship, transport
transport commercially
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