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1. To move toward a point of congregation; to step forward. Anyone involved in the ceremony may come forward at this time.
2. To share information, often in court or otherwise regarding a wrongdoing. Will the first witness please come forward? The police are asking anyone with more information on the crime to come forward.
3. To present oneself to offer help. Luckily, an audience member came forward to help me with the microphone.
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come forward (with something)
to bring something, such as information, to someone's attention. Colleen came forward with a new idea. I hope you each can come forward with something useful.
1. Lit. to move oneself forward. come forward and stand before the whole class.
2. Fig. to present oneself to offer evidence in court voluntarily. Why did you not come forward earlier in the trial? I was afraid to come forward during the trial.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Present oneself, offer one's services, as in The boss asked for more help, but no one was inclined to come forward. [Early 1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To step out and present oneself: The teacher asked the three boys to come forward and receive their award.
2. To offer information or assistance: After the fire, several families came forward with some money for the victims.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.