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Definition of 'forward'


  1. the person who plays the position of forward on a basketball team
  2. a position on a basketball team


  1. send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit; "forward my mail"
       Synonyms: send on


  1. at or near or directed toward the front; "the forward section of the aircraft"; "a forward plunge down the stairs"; "forward motion"
       Antonyms: backward
  2. moving toward a position ahead; "forward motion"; "the onward course of events"
       Synonyms: onward
  3. used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty; "a forward child badly in need of discipline"
       Antonyms: backward
  4. of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle; "in a forward gear"
       Antonyms: reverse
  5. moving forward
       Synonyms: advancing forward-moving


  1. at or to or toward the front; "he faced forward"; "step forward"; "she practiced sewing backward as well as frontward on her new sewing machine"; (`forrad' and `forrard' are dialectal variations)
       Synonyms: forwards frontward frontwards forrad forrard
       Antonyms: back backward backwards rearward rearwards
  2. forward in time or order or degree; "from that time forth"; "from the sixth century onward"
       Synonyms: forth onward
  3. toward the future; forward in time; "I like to look ahead in imagination to what the future may bring"; "I look forward to seeing you"
       Synonyms: ahead
       Antonyms: back backward back backward
  4. in a forward direction; "go ahead"; "the train moved ahead slowly"; "the boat lurched ahead"; "moved onward into the forest"; "they went slowly forward in the mud"
       Synonyms: ahead onward onwards forwards forrader
  5. near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane; "the captain went fore (or forward) to check the instruments"
       Synonyms: fore
       Antonyms: aft abaft astern

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