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.

Definitions of forward
  1. adverb
    at or to or toward the front
    “he faced forward
    “step forward
    synonyms: forrad, forrard, forwards, frontward, frontwards
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    back, backward, backwards, rearward, rearwards
    at or to or toward the back or rear
  2. adverb
    in a forward direction
    “they went slowly forward in the mud”
    synonyms: ahead, forrader, forwards, onward, onwards
  3. adverb
    forward in time or order or degree
    synonyms: forth, onward
  4. adverb
    toward the future; forward in time
    “I look forward to seeing you”
    synonyms: ahead
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    back, backward
    in or to or toward a past time
  5. adverb
    near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane
    synonyms: fore
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    abaft, aft, astern
    at or near or toward the stern of a ship or tail of an airplane
  6. adjective
    at or near or directed toward the front
    “the forward section of the aircraft”
    “a forward plunge down the stairs”
    forward motion”
    full-face, gardant, guardant
    looking forward
    headfirst, headlong
    with the head foremost
    situated at or toward the bow of a vessel
    favoring or promoting progress
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    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
    (of a hairline e.g.) moving slowly back
    reflexive, self-referent
    referring back to itself
    looking backward
    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
    opposing progress; returning to a former less advanced state
    concerned with or related to the past
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  7. adjective
    moving forward
    synonyms: advancing, forward-moving
    favoring or promoting progress
  8. adjective
    of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle
    “in a forward gear”
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    of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a motor vehicle
  9. noun
    a position on a basketball, soccer, or hockey team
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    type of:
    (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player
  10. noun
    the person who plays the position of forward in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey
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    Julius Winfield Erving
    United States basketball forward (born in 1950)
    type of:
    basketball player, basketeer, cager
    an athlete who plays basketball
  11. adjective
    used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty
    “a forward child badly in need of discipline”
    brash, cheeky, nervy
    offensively bold
    bumptious, self-assertive
    offensively self-assertive
    taking undue liberties
    fresh, impertinent, impudent, overbold, sassy, saucy, smart, wise
    improperly forward or bold
    assuming, assumptive, presumptuous
    excessively forward
    fearless and daring
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    (used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature
    bashful, blate
    disposed to avoid notice
    showing fear and lack of confidence
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  12. verb
    send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit
    forward my mail”
    synonyms: send on
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    type of:
    send, ship, transport
    transport commercially
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