Meaning of “forward” - Learner’s Dictionary

forward

adverb uk us /ˈfɔːwəd/ (also forwards)
DIRECTION

B1 towards the direction that is in front of you:

She leaned forward to make sure I could hear her.
FUTURE

B2 towards the future:

I always look forward, not back.
PROGRESS

used to say that something is making good progress:

This is a big step forward for democracy.

(Definition of “forward adverb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)