For"ward (?), n. [OE., fr. AS. foreweard; fore before + weard a ward. See Ward, n.]

An agreement; a covenant; a promise.


Tell us a tale anon, as forward is. Chaucer.


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For"ward (?), For"wards (?), adv. [AS. forweard, foreweard; for, fore + -weardes; akin to G. vorwarts. The s is properly a genitive ending. See For, Fore, and -ward, -wards.]

Toward a part or place before or in front; onward; in advance; progressively; -- opposed to backward.


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For"ward, a.


Near, or at the fore part; in advance of something else; as, the forward gun in a ship, or the forward ship in a fleet.


Ready; prompt; strongly inclined; in an ill sense, overready; to hasty.

Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do. Gal. ii. 10.

Nor do we find him forward to be sounded. Shak.


Ardent; eager; earnest; in an ill sense, less reserved or modest than is proper; bold; confident; as, the boy is too forward for his years.

I have known men disagreeably forward from their shyness. T. Arnold.


Advanced beyond the usual degree; advanced for season; as, the grass is forward, or forward for the season; we have a forward spring.

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The most forward bud Is eaten by the canker ere it blow. Shak.


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For"ward (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Forwarded; & vb.n. Forwarding.]


To help onward; to advance; to promote; to accelerate; to quicken; to hasten; as, to forward the growth of a plant; to forward one in improvement.


To send forward; to send toward the place of destination; to transmit; as, to forward a letter.


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