fore·​front | \ ˈfȯr-ˌfrənt How to pronounce forefront (audio) \

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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One organization that's been at the forefront of this change is Fair Trade USA. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Rachael Wang On Fair Trade’s First-Ever Lookbook, Activism and Sustainability," 29 Apr. 2019 SI Swimsuit has been at the forefront of changing the narrative and conversation on social issues and preconceived notions. Rebecca Norris, Allure, "Halima Aden Makes History as the First Sports Illustrated Model to Wear a Burkini," 29 Apr. 2019 Now, Schechter is at the forefront of a genre that most are rushing to catch up with, forgoing traditional publishing in favor of faster platforms—podcasts, YouTube videos, even TV docuseries. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Time of True Crime," 26 Apr. 2019 Women are at the forefront of protests in Sudan by citizens calling for the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir, who has been in power for 30 years, a fact captured by one powerful photograph that went viral after it was shared yesterday on Twitter. Bridget Read, Vogue, "The Women of the Sudan Uprising Are Demanding to Be Heard," 9 Apr. 2019 If that sounds similar to Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse)'s story, AKA one of the original Liars who is currently at the forefront of The Perfectionists’ new murder mystery, that was definitely intentional. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Hayley Erin from "The Perfectionists" Says Taylor Hotchkiss Is "Mixed in Real Deep" With the BHU Mystery," 17 Apr. 2019 In Dark Phoenix, the women are definitely at the forefront, including not just Jean Grey, but Mystique, Storm, and Smith, a mysterious character played by Jessica Chastain. Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Shares the Very Feminist Reason She Signed On for 'Dark Phoenix'," 31 Mar. 2019 Memorial Sloan Kettering–that is putting rare cancers at the forefront, and raising dedicated research funding for those clinical trials. Sarah Klein,, "Professional Runner Gabe Grunewald Has Stage 4 Cancer, But She's Not Giving Up Racing," 12 June 2018 On the palate, salty-savory notes present at the forefront, giving way to nectarine, citrus pith, and white petals. Ellen Bhang,, "These Provençal pours are not the rosé you expect," 28 May 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 How to pronounce forefront (audio) \

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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something valued as if it were money

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