Meaning of “forward-looking” in the English Dictionary

"forward-looking" in English

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uk /ˈfɔː.wədˌlʊk.ɪŋ/ us /ˈfɔːr.wɚdˌlʊk.ɪŋ/

Examples from literature

  • Cartwright, happily, is one of the forward-looking Institutes, and stunt night, crowded with most excellent fooling, produced two or three creditable and thought-provoking performances. 
  • I summon all honest men, all patriotic, all forward-looking men to my side. 
  • The Revolution office became the rallying point for a forward-looking group of women, many of whom contributed to the hard-hitting liberal sheet. 
  • The preservation of ancient beauty is very important, but no vigorous forward-looking man is content to be a mere curator. 

(Definition of “forward-looking” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"forward-looking" in American English

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us /ˈfɔr·wərdˌlʊk·ɪŋ/ also forward-thinking

planning for the future, esp. in a new or creative way

(Definition of “forward-looking” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"forward-looking" in Business English

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uk /ˈfɔːwədlʊkɪŋ/ us also forward-thinking

considering future developments when making plans, especially in relation to using modern methods or equipment:

a forward looking approach/attitude/view They need a more forward-looking approach that emphasizes energy efficiency, conservation, and renewable sources.
a forward-looking company/organization My intention is to build a successful, highly forward-looking organization.

showing what is thought will happen in the future:

forward-looking indicators/information/statements The forward-looking indicators have pointed to a sharp slowdown in the economy.

(Definition of “forward-looking” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)