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forth adv. (used with “far” redundantly, in “thus far ” Tp. I. ii. 177, “so far ” Wiv. IV. vi. 11, “how far ” 2H4 IV. ii. 53)
1. forward (in movement or direction) Shr. IV. i. 149 “As he walked on his way,” H5 II. ii. 189* “Then , dear countrymen,” Tim. I. i. 50 “flies an eagle flight, bold and on,” Cym. IV. ii. 149 “Did make my way long ” (=made it seem long).
2. onwards, immediately afterwards and continuously Cæs. IV. iii. 48 “from this day forth.”
3. in various contexts=out Meas. V. i. 249 “hear this matter ,” Err. IV. iv. 97 “wherefore didst thou lock me ,” Mer.V. I. i. 144 “To find the other ,” Shr. IV. iii. 62 “Lay the gown,” V. ii. 105 “Swinge me them soundly ,” 3H6 II. i. 12 “how he singled Clifford ,” Cor. I. iii. 99 “I will not ,” Tit. V. iii. 133 “beat our brains,” Oth. V. i. 10 “, my sword” ; similarly “ of” Tp. V. i. 160, R2 III. ii. 204, Cæs. III. iii. 3.
4. abroad, not at home Wiv. II. ii. 281 “at that time . . . her husband will be ,” Err. II. ii. 214 “Say he dines ,” Cæs. I. ii. 294 “I am promised forth.”
5. (of a force) in the field, at sea Cor. I. iii. 108 “The Volsces have an army ,” Ant. IV. x. 12 [xi. 3]* “his best force Is forth to man his galleys.”
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