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forward (adv.)

Old English forewearde "toward the front, in front; toward the future; at the beginning;" see fore + -ward. Adjectival sense of "early" is from 1520s; that of "presumptuous" is attested from 1560s. The Old English adjective meant "inclined to the front; early; former."

forward (v.)

1590s, "to help push forward," from forward (adv.). Meaning "to send (a letter, etc.) on to another destination" is from 1757; later of e-mail. Related: Forwarded; forwarding.

forward (n.)

Old English foreweard, "the fore or front part" of something, "outpost; scout;" see forward (adv.). The position in football so called since 1879.

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Definitions of forward from WordNet
1
forward (adv.)
at or to or toward the front; (`forrad' and `forrard' are dialectal variations);
he faced forward
step forward
Synonyms: forwards / frontward / frontwards / forrad / forrard
forward (adv.)
forward in time or order or degree;
Synonyms: forth / onward
forward (adv.)
toward the future; forward in time;
I look forward to seeing you
Synonyms: ahead
forward (adv.)
in a forward direction;
they went slowly forward in the mud
Synonyms: ahead / onward / onwards / forwards / forrader
forward (adv.)
near or toward the bow of a ship or cockpit of a plane;
the captain went fore (or forward) to check the instruments
Synonyms: fore
2
forward (adj.)
at or near or directed toward the front;
a forward plunge down the stairs
the forward section of the aircraft
forward motion
forward (adj.)
used of temperament or behavior; lacking restraint or modesty;
a forward child badly in need of discipline
forward (adj.)
of the transmission gear causing forward movement in a motor vehicle;
in a forward gear
forward (adj.)
moving forward;
Synonyms: advancing / forward-moving
3
forward (n.)
the person who plays the position of forward in certain games, such as basketball, soccer, or hockey;
forward (n.)
a position on a basketball, soccer, or hockey team;
4
forward (v.)
send or ship onward from an intermediate post or station in transit;
forward my mail
Synonyms: send on
From wordnet.princeton.edu