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forward

1 adverb
     
for‧ward1 S1 W1 also forwards
1 towards a place or position that is in front of you [≠ backwards]:
He leaned forward, his elbows resting on the table.
The crowd surged forwards.
She took another small step forward.
2 towards greater progress, improvement, or development:
We agreed that the sensible way forward was for a new company to be formed.
After the Labour Party conference, he stated that we could now go forward as a united party.
Britain is now ready to move forward.
3 towards the future in a way that is hopeful [≠ backwards]:
I felt that at last I could begin to look forward.
4

from that/this day/time/moment etc forward

beginning on that day or at that time:
They never met again from that day forward.
5

go forward to/into

to successully complete one stage of a competition so that you are able to compete in the next stage:
South Korea went forward into the next round of the World Cup.
6 if you put a clock or a watch forward, you change it so that it shows a later time, for example when the time changes to British Summer Time [≠ back]:
7TTW in or towards the front part of a ship
fast-forward

; ➔ look forward to something

at look1

; ➔ backwards and forwards

at backwards (5)

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