From Middle English foreward, from Old English foreweard ("forward, inclined to the front, fore, early, former"), from Proto-Germanic *fura- ("fore-"), *warþaz, equivalent to fore + -ward. Cognate with Dutch voorwaarts ("forward"), German vorwärts ("forward").
From Middle English foreward, from Old English foreweard ("condition, bargain, agreement, contract, treaty, assurance"), equivalent to fore- + ward. Cognate with Scots forward ("covenant, compact"), Dutch voorwaarde ("condition, terms, proviso, stipulation"). More at fore-, ward.
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