Forward

Definition of Forward

For´ward
n.1.An agreement; a covenant; a promise.
Tell us a tale anon, as forward is.
- Chaucer.
adv.1.Toward a part or place before or in front; onward; in advance; progressively; - opposed to backward.
a.1.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.
2.Ready; prompt; strongly inclined; in an ill sense, overready; too 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.
3.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.
4.Advanced beyond the usual degree; advanced for the season; as, the grass is forward, or forward for the season; we have a forward spring.
The most forward bud
Is eaten by the canker ere it blow.
- Shak.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Forwarded; p. pr. & vb. n. Forwarding.]
2.To send forward; to send toward the place of destination; to transmit; as, to forward a letter.

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