fore·​front | \ ˈfȯr-ˌfrənt \

Definition of forefront

: the foremost part or place

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Examples of forefront in a Sentence

a politician who was in the forefront of women's rights

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Breuchaud predicts this year will bring dramatic, elongated eyeshadows in traditional liner shapes to the forefront. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé's Makeup Artist Says These Will Be the Coolest Makeup Trends of 2019," 23 Jan. 2019 Most of Friday’s gains in Europe and Asia came from more economically sensitive corners of the market including banks, autos, industrials and energy companies, which have also been at the forefront of January’s rebound in stocks. Corrie Driebusch, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks End the Week With Gains," 25 Jan. 2019 Segway-Ninebot has been at the forefront of not-walking for two decades now, notably helping less-than-fit travelers see the sights... Matthew Kitchen, WSJ, "3 Ways Tech Will Do the Walking for You in 2019," 11 Jan. 2019 Firstly, the role once belonged to Amy Schumer, who has spent much of her career at the forefront of the body positivity movement, before a scheduling conflict forced the actress to drop out of the project. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Will Margot Robbie's Starring Role as Barbie Reinforce Old Stereotypes—or Defy Them?," 9 Jan. 2019 Fathy is a former activist in the pro-democracy April 6 Movement, which was at the forefront of the 2011 the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak. Samy Magdy, The Seattle Times, "Attorney says Egyptian activist to return to jail any time," 1 Jan. 2019 The negative publicity from the high legal payouts and Reuters’s seemingly damning evidence of sneaky behavior from the company in the past has brought the issue of hygiene product safety and consumer trust to the forefront. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Johnson & Johnson accused of hiding the asbestos in its baby powder for decades," 14 Dec. 2018 As a form of competition, war supercharges innovation and often brings new, sometimes terrible, innovations to the forefront. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Five Innovations to Emerge From the First World War," 11 Nov. 2018 As Apple's announcement site clarifies: FaceTime uses on-device intelligence to display the most prominent speakers on the call, automatically highlighting the current speaker by bringing them to the forefront. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Apple confirms iOS 12.1 shipping today with 32-person Group Facetime," 30 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of forefront

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of forefront

: the most important part or position


fore·​front | \ ˈfȯr-ˌfrənt \

Kids Definition of forefront

: the most important part or position The hospital is at the forefront of research in this area.

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to deny responsibility for

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