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Etymology 1[edit]

From fore- +‎ hold (to hold an opinion, deem).


  • IPA(key): /fɔː(ɹ)ˈhoʊld/, /fə(ɹ)ˈhoʊld/


forehold (third-person singular simple present foreholds, present participle foreholding, simple past foreheld, past participle foreheld or foreholden)

  1. (transitive) To hold or believe beforehand; assume; anticipate; predict; presage; prognosticate.
    Synonym: foredeem
    • 1902, Iowa. Board of Control of State Institutions, Bulletin of State Institutions [under the Board of Control].: Volume 4:
      Instead of that he has encountered nothing but harsh criticism, unkindly dispositions, even on the part of his relatives, and he naturally drifted into places and surroundings where legitimate sympathy was not foreheld.
    • 2001, Aspasius, David Konstan, Michael (of Ephesus), On Aristotle Nicomachean ethics 8:
      Or he may call "he who foreholds" the one who wants and receives, rather than the one who confers first: he calls []

Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From fore- +‎ hold.



forehold (plural foreholds)

  1. (nautical) The front or forward part of the hold of a ship.