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Definition of forward adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

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forward

adverb
/ˈfɔrwərd/ forward pronunciation American
 
1 (also forwards) toward a place or position that is in frontShe leaned forward and kissed him on the cheek.He took two steps forward.They ran forward to welcome her. antonym back, backward2 toward a good resultWe consider this agreement to be an important step forward.Cutting our costs is the only way forward.We are not getting any further forward with the discussion.The project will go forward (= continue) as planned. antonym backward3 toward the future; ahead in timeLooking forward, we hope to expand our operations in several of our overseas branches.The next scene takes the story forward five years.(old use)from this day forward4 earlier; soonerIt was decided to bring the meeting forward two weeks.5 (technical) in or toward the front part of a ship or planeThe main cabin is situated forward of (= in front of) the mast. see also look forward, put forwardIDIOMS

backward and forward

from one place or position to another and back again many times
She rocked backward and forward on her chair.backward and forward

the clocks go forward/back

the time changes officially, for example at the beginning and end of summer
the clocks go forwardthe clocks go back

going/moving forward

(formal or business) in the future, starting from nowWe have a very solid financial position going forward.The strategy going forward is still undecided.Moving forward, we need to have a real plan.going forwardmoving forward