Pronunciation: (fôr'wurd),[key] —adv.Also,forwards. 1. toward or at a place, point, or time in advance; onward; ahead: to move forward; from this day forward; to look forward. 2. toward the front: Let's move forward so we can hear better. 3. into view or consideration; out; forth: He brought forward several good suggestions. 4. toward the bow or front of a vessel or aircraft.
5. ahead (defs. 4, 5).
—adj. 1. directed toward a point in advance; moving ahead; onward: a forward motion. 2. being in a condition of advancement; well-advanced: It was quite forward in the season when we finished our planting. 3. ready, prompt, or eager.
4. presumptuous, impertinent, or bold: a rude, forward child. 5. situated in the front or forepart: the forward part of the ship. 6. of or pertaining to the future; for the future or forward delivery: forward buying; a forward price. 7. lying ahead or to the front: Take the forward path. 8. radical or extreme, as persons or opinions: the forward trend in certain liberal thought.
—n. 1. Sports. a. a player stationed in advance of others on a team.
b. Football.a lineman.
c. Basketball.either of two players stationed in the forecourt.
2. Finance.something bought, as a security, for future delivery.
—v.t. 1. to send forward; transmit, esp. to a new address: to forward a letter. 2. to advance or help onward; promote: The training will help to forward your career.
—v.i. to advance or play a mechanism, recording tape, cassette, etc., in the forward direction: to find a musical selection without forwarding through the whole cassette.