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"forward" in British English

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forwardadverb

uk   /ˈfɔː.wəd/  us   /ˈfɔːr.wɚd/ (also forwards)
  • forward adverb (DIRECTION)

B1 towards the ​direction that is in ​front of you: She ​leaned forward to ​whisper something in my ​ear.

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  • forward adverb (FUTURE)

B2 towards the ​future: I always ​look forward, not back.from that day forward after that ​point: From that ​day forward they never ​spoke to each other.

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  • forward adverb (PROGRESS)

C1 used in ​expressionsrelated to ​progress: This is a ​big step forward for ​democracy.going forward used, ​especially in ​business, to ​mean "in the ​future": This could ​become a ​problem going forward.

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forwardadjective

uk   /ˈfɔː.wəd/  us   /ˈfɔːr.wɚd/
  • forward adjective (FUTURE)

relating to the ​future: forward ​planning/​thinking
  • forward adjective (CONFIDENT)

disapproving confident and ​honest in a way that ​ignores the ​usualsocialrules and might ​seemrude: Do you ​think it was forward of me to ​invite her to ​dinner when we'd only just ​met?

forwardverb [T]

uk   /ˈfɔː.wəd/  us   /ˈfɔːr.wɚd/
to ​send a ​letter, etc., ​especially from someone's ​oldaddress to ​their new ​address, or to ​send a ​letter, ​email, etc. that you have ​received to someone ​else: I'll forward any ​mail toyour new ​address. I'll forward his ​email to you if you're ​interested.

forwardnoun [C]

uk   /ˈfɔː.wəd/  us   /ˈfɔːr.wɚd/
a ​player who is in an ​attackingposition in a ​team
(Definition of forward from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"forward" in American English

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forwardadjective

 us   /ˈfɔr·wərd/
  • 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.

forwardverb [T]

 us   /ˈfɔr·wərd/
  • forward verb [T] (SEND)

to ​sende-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 ​receivedmeans to ​send it to a different ​place: The ​postoffice will forward my ​mail while I’m away.

forwardnoun [C]

 us   /ˈfɔr·wərd/
  • forward noun [C] (SPORTS)

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

forwardadverb [not gradable]

 us   /ˈfɔr·wərd/ (also forwards,  /ˈfɔr·wərdz/ )
toward the ​front, toward the ​direction in which you are ​facing, or toward a ​futuretime or ​bettercondition: I ​leaned forward and ​glared at her. The ​project moved forward ​slowly. Set ​yourclocks forward one ​hour to ​daylightsavingtime. fig. Because of the ​story in the ​paper, a ​witness came forward (= ​spoke to ​authorities).
(Definition of forward from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"forward" in Business English

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forwardverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈfɔːwəd/
COMMUNICATIONS to ​send a ​letter, ​email, or ​package that you have received to someone else: Emails can be ​sent with a ​code that prevents them being forwarded or ​printed out.forward sth to sb He said he forwarded the ​information to the mayor and ​asked for a ​meeting.

forwardadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈfɔːwəd/
relating to the future: forward planning/thinking I'm a great believer in forward ​planning, and doing as much ​groundwork as possible.
FINANCE relating to a ​sale of ​currencies, ​goods, etc. at a ​fixedprice which will be given to a ​buyer at a future ​date: This forward ​saleagreementbinds the ​farmer to ​deliver a ​specifiedquantity of ​grain at a ​certaintime in the future.
forward
adverb (UK also forwards)
Analysts had ​speculated as much as 200 ​tons of ​gold had been ​sold forward.
(Definition of forward from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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