Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “forward”

See all translations

forward

adjective  /ˈfɔr·wərd/ us  

forward adjective (LEADING)

[not gradable] directed toward the front or in the direction you are facing, or directed toward the future: a forward motion the forward part of an airplane

forward adjective (TOO CONFIDENT)

too noticeable or confident; rude: It was awfully forward of him to invite himself over for dinner.

forward

verb [T]  /ˈfɔr·wərd/ us  

forward verb [T] (SEND)

to send e-mail to someone else or to a different address after you have received it: I’ll forward that e-mail to you. To forward something that you have received means to send it to a different place: The post office will forward my mail while I’m away.

forward

noun [C]  /ˈfɔr·wərd/ us  

forward noun [C] (SPORTS)

a player whose position is nearer the opposing team’s goal in team sports such as basketball , soccer , and hockey

forward

adverb [not gradable]  /ˈfɔr·wərd/ ( also forwards,  /ˈfɔr·wərdz/) us  

forward adverb [not gradable] (LEADING)

toward the front, toward the direction in which you are facing, or toward a future time or better condition: I leaned forward and glared at her. The project moved forward slowly. Set your clocks forward one hour to daylight saving time. fig. Because of the story in the paper, a witness came forward (= spoke to authorities).
Translations of “forward”
in Korean 앞으로…
in Arabic أمامي…
in French en avant, avant…
in Turkish ileri, ileriye doğru, geleceğe/atiye doğru…
in Italian avanti, in avanti…
in Chinese (Traditional) 方向, 向前…
in Russian вперед, в будущее…
in Polish do przodu, w przyszłość, naprzód…
in Spanish hacia delante, delantero…
in Portuguese para frente, adiante…
in German vorwärts gerichtet, vorder…
in Catalan cap endavant…
in Japanese 前方に…
in Chinese (Simplified) 方向, 向前…
(Definition of forward from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of forward?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “forward” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bad/hard/tough luck

said to express sympathy with someone when something bad has happened to them

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More