for‧ward1 S1 W1 also forwards
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.
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.
towards the future in a way that is hopeful [≠ backwards]:
I felt that at last I could begin to look forward.
beginning on that day or at that time:
They never met again from that day forward.
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.
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]:
We put our watches forward by 2 hours.
The clocks go forward this weekend.
in or towards the front part of a ship