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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At the forefront of those details were penalties, several drive-killing holding or false start flags that stopped OSU cold. oregonlive, "Oregon State’s 31-28 loss to Hawaii is simple, says Isaiah Hodgins: The defense did its part and the offense didn’t," 8 Sep. 2019 In the meantime, the NRA remains at the forefront of legitimate efforts to combat crime in our country. Fox News, "Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick ‘willing to take an arrow’ in bucking NRA on background checks," 8 Sep. 2019 Yola, who is black and British and grew up in London, is aware of her position at the forefront of this new country movement and has the electric, booming vocals to back it up. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Meet Yola, the Singer-Songwriter Giving Country a Soulful Spin," 4 Sep. 2019 The company, whose website allows shoppers to exchange comments on products, has been at the forefront of the online shopping trend known as social commerce. Liana Baker, Fortune, "Fashion Reseller Poshmark Delays IPO," 4 Sep. 2019 That goal remains at the forefront of every decision. Mike Cason |, al, "Alabama NAACP responds to Ivey’s ‘look at the record’ comment," 3 Sep. 2019 So, a starfish and a person, for example, are both at the forefront of the evolution of their particular building plans. Antonio G. Valdecasas, The Conversation, "Evolution doesn’t proceed in a straight line – so why draw it that way?," 3 Sep. 2019 Illinois is at the forefront of such treatment, in 1999 becoming the first state to ban the practice of shackling women during labor and delivery. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Four homicides tallied just 6 hours into September, inside an Illinois prison’s special wing for mothers-to-be and other things to know to start your day," 2 Sep. 2019 Her organization aims to be at the forefront of a movement that allows victims of domestic violence to bring their pets with them to safety. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje,, "Victims of family violence in San Antonio soon won’t have to leave pets behind," 2 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of forefront

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of forefront was in the 15th century

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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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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