1. present, offer or suggest
put forward idea/suggestion/sb for promotion
To 'put forward' something is to offer an opinion or an idea in order for something to be discussed. If you put forward a person it means you are formally suggesting someone for a particular role or position. To put forward something can also mean to move the date or time of something forward to that it happens sooner than planned. If you put forward a clock, you change the time to a later one.