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FORWARD

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does forward mean? 

FORWARD (noun)
  The noun FORWARD has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: FORWARD used as a noun is rare.


FORWARD (adjective)
  The adjective FORWARD has 5 senses:

1. at or near or directed toward the front
2. moving toward a position ahead
3. used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty
4. of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle
5. moving forward

  Familiarity information: FORWARD used as an adjective is common.


FORWARD (verb)
  The verb FORWARD has 1 sense:

1. send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit

  Familiarity information: FORWARD used as a verb is very rare.


FORWARD (adverb)
  The adverb FORWARD has 5 senses:

1. at or to or toward the front
2. forward in time or order or degree
3. toward the future; forward in time
4. in a forward direction
5. near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane

  Familiarity information: FORWARD used as an adverb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


FORWARD (noun)


Sense 1forward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The person who plays the position of forward on a basketball team

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("forward" is a kind of...):

basketball player; basketeer; cager (an athlete who plays basketball)

Instance hyponyms:

Dr. J; Erving; Julius Erving; Julius Winfield Erving (United States basketball forward (born in 1950))


Sense 2forward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A position on a basketball team

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("forward" is a kind of...):

position ((in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player)

Holonyms ("forward" is a member of...):

basketball team; five (a team that plays basketball)


FORWARD (adjective)


Sense 1forward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

At or near or directed toward the front

Context examples:

the forward section of the aircraft / a forward plunge down the stairs / forward motion

Similar:

full-face; gardant; guardant (looking forward)

headfirst; headlong (with the head foremost)

Also:

fore (situated at or toward the bow of a vessel)

progressive (favoring or promoting progress)

Antonym:

backward (directed or facing toward the back or rear)


Sense 2forward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Moving toward a position ahead

Synonyms:

onward; forward

Context examples:

forward motion / the onward course of events

Similar:

advancing (moving ahead or toward the front)


Sense 3forward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty

Context example:

a forward child badly in need of discipline

Similar:

brash; cheeky; nervy (offensively bold)

bumptious; self-assertive (offensively self-assertive)

overfamiliar (taking undue liberties)

fresh; impertinent; impudent; overbold; sassy; saucy; smart; wise (improperly forward or bold)

assuming; assumptive; presumptuous (excessively forward)

Also:

bold (fearless and daring)

Antonym:

backward ((used of temperament or behavior) marked by a retiring nature)


Sense 4forward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle

Context example:

in a forward gear

Similar:

second (having the second highest gear ratio)

first; low (being the gear producing the lowest drive speed)

Antonym:

reverse (of the transmission gear causing backward movement in a motor vehicle)


Sense 5forward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Moving forward

Synonyms:

forward-moving; advancing; forward

Similar:

progressive (favoring or promoting progress)


FORWARD (verb)


Sense 1forward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

forward; send on

Context example:

forward my mail

Hypernyms (to "forward" is one way to...):

send; ship; transport (transport commercially)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Sentence examples:

They forward the parcel to their parents
They forward them the parcel


FORWARD (adverb)


Sense 1forward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

At or to or toward the front

Synonyms:

frontwards; frontward; forwards; forward; forrard; forrad

Context examples:

he faced forward / step forward / she practiced sewing backward as well as frontward on her new sewing machine

Domain usage:

accent; dialect; idiom (the usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people)

Antonym:

backward (at or to or toward the back or rear)


Sense 2forward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Forward in time or order or degree

Synonyms:

onward; forward; forth

Context examples:

from that time forth / from the sixth century onward


Sense 3forward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Toward the future; forward in time

Synonyms:

ahead; forward

Context examples:

I like to look ahead in imagination to what the future may bring / I look forward to seeing you

Antonym:

backward (in or to or toward a past time)


Sense 4forward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a forward direction

Synonyms:

onwards; forrader; onward; forwards; ahead; forward

Context examples:

go ahead / the train moved ahead slowly / the boat lurched ahead / moved onward into the forest / they went slowly forward in the mud


Sense 5forward [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane

Synonyms:

fore; forward

Context example:

the captain went fore (or forward) to check the instruments


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