Have you ever seen a blacksmith make a horseshoe? Well, no, probably not, but they use a special furnace which is called a forge, and "to forge something" is also the act of bashing that hot object into shape.

Forge has also taken on the more general sense of creating something. A new philosophy or art form might have been forged, as might an alibi or an excuse. To forge something also has the meaning of faking something, such as a painting or a signature with the intent to deceive. It can also mean to move ahead in a steady manner, either physically or metaphorically, much like those solid, regular blows of the blacksmith's hammer.

Definitions of forge
  1. verb
    create by hammering
    forge a pair of tongues”
    synonyms: hammer
    beat with or as if with a hammer
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    hammer into thin flat foils
    forge with a dropforge
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    shape by beating
  2. noun
    furnace consisting of a special hearth where metal is heated before shaping
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    an enclosed chamber in which heat is produced to heat buildings, destroy refuse, smelt or refine ores, etc.
  3. noun
    a workplace where metal is worked by heating and hammering
    synonyms: smithy
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    work, workplace
    a place where work is done
  4. verb
    make a copy of with the intent to deceive
    “She forged a Green Card”
    synonyms: counterfeit, fake
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    type of:
    create anew
  5. verb
    move ahead steadily
    “He forged ahead”
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    type of:
    advance, go on, march on, move on, pass on, progress
    move forward, also in the metaphorical sense
  6. verb
    move or act with a sudden increase in speed or energy
    synonyms: spirt, spurt
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    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  7. verb
    make something, usually for a specific function
    synonyms: form, mold, mould, shape, work
    process, work, work on
    shape, form, or improve a material
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    form by carving
    swage, upset
    form metals with a swage
    form by chipping
    make or form a layer
    cut out
    form and create by cutting out
    turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery
    shape or form by grinding
    form or cut out with a mold, form, or die
    subject to puddling or form by puddling
    shape by beating
    form or shape beforehand or determine the shape of beforehand
    form into a shape resembling the final, desired one
    form into a rounded elevation
    form into a hill
    shape roughly
    remold, reshape
    shape again or shape differently
    cause (ores or powdery metals) to become a coherent mass by heating without melting
    cast, mold, mould
    form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold
    make on a potter's wheel
    coil, hand-build, handbuild
    make without a potter's wheel
    sculpt, sculpture
    create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material
    model, mold, mould
    form in clay, wax, etc
    hew, hew out
    make or shape as with an axe
    gouge out
    make gouges into a surface
    cut a rectangular groove into
    grave, sculpt, sculpture
    shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it
    die, die out
    cut or shape with a die
    mound over
    form a mound over
    press, press out
    press from a plastic
    recast, remold, remould
    cast again
    sand cast
    pour molten metal into a mold of sand
    create by hammering
    carve a pattern into
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    create from raw material, create from raw stuff
    make from scratch
  8. verb
    make out of components (often in an improvising manner)
    synonyms: fashion
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    make by tying pieces together
    make by hand and with much skill
    sew, tailor, tailor-make
    create (clothes) with cloth
    make something by hand
    run up
    make by sewing together quickly
    create by stitching together
    make filigree, as with a precious metal
    type of:
    make by shaping or bringing together constituents
  9. verb
    come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort
    synonyms: contrive, devise, excogitate, formulate, invent
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    create by mental act, create mentally
    create mentally and abstractly rather than with one's hands
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