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To suggest, offer, or propose someone or something for consideration. A noun or pronoun can be used between "put" and "forward." The newly elected mayor has put forward a number of plans for dealing with the housing crisis in the city. I was surprised to learn that my manager was putting me forward for the promotion.
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put someone or something forward
1. Lit. to move someone or something forward. The director put all the players forward during the last scene, leaving more room for the chorus to come on for the finale. Could you put your left foot forward a little?
2. Fig. to suggest someone or something; to advance the name of someone or something. I put Henry forward as a possible nominee. I would like to put forward a plan.
put something forward
to state an idea; to advance an idea. Toward the end of the meeting, Sally put an idea forward. He put several suggestions forward.
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Propose for consideration, as in His attorney put forward a claim on the property, or They put me forward for the post of vice-chair. [Mid-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 move something into a position in the front part of a thing or a region: There was no more room in the back of the boat, so we put the rest of the cargo forward.
2. To propose something; offer something for consideration: They put forward a proposal to increase teachers' salaries. We put two ideas forward, but both were rejected by the council.
3. To propose that someone be considered: The committee put forward two candidates as possible replacements for the retiring manager. After the battle, the captain put one of his officers forward for a medal.
4. To change the scheduled time of some event to an earlier time: They put the meeting forward from 4:00 to 2:30.
5. To postpone some event: We put the surprise party forward by an hour to make sure everyone could arrive on time.
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