front

noun
\ ˈfrənt \

Definition of front 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1a : forehead also : the whole face
b : external and often feigned appearance especially in the face of danger or adversity
2a(1) : vanguard
(2) : a line of battle
(3) : a zone of conflict between armies
b(1) : a stand on an issue : policy
(2) : an area of activity or interest progress on the educational front
(3) : a movement linking divergent elements to achieve common objectives especially : a political coalition
3 : a side of a building especially : the side that contains the principal entrance
4a : the forward part or surface
b(1) : frontage
(2) : a beach promenade at a seaside resort
d : the boundary between two dissimilar air masses
5 archaic : beginning
6a(1) : a position ahead of a person or of the foremost part of a thing
(2) used as a call by a hotel desk clerk in summoning a bellhop
b : a position of leadership or superiority
7a : a person, group, or thing used to mask the identity or true character or activity of the actual controlling agent
b : a person who serves as the nominal head or spokesman of an enterprise or group to lend it prestige
in front of
: directly before or ahead of
out front
: in the audience

front

verb
fronted; fronting; fronts

Definition of front (Entry 2 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to have the front or principal side adjacent to something also : to have frontage on something a ten-acre plot fronting on a lake Current Biography
2a : to act or serve as a cover or front (see front entry 1 sense 7a) for something or someone … a new initiative targeting brothels and massage parlors fronting for sex trafficking rings.— St. John Barned-Smith
b US, informal : to assume a fake or false personality to conceal one's true identity and character Don't front, don't put something out there that you feel isn't realistic and doesn't portray who you are.— Chloë Grace Moretz Look, we all know you got your heart broken. Stop fronting and write a love song.— Allison Keyes

transitive verb

1a : confront went to the woods because I wished … to front only the essential facts of life— H. D. Thoreau
b : to appear before daily fronted him in some fresh splendor— Alfred Tennyson
2a : to be in front of a lawn fronting the house
b : to be the leader of (a musical group) appeared as a soloist and fronted bands
3 : to face toward or have frontage on the house fronts the street
4 : to supply a front to fronted the building with bricks
5a : to articulate (a sound) with the tongue farther forward
b : to move (a word or phrase) to the beginning of a sentence
6 basketball : to play in front of (an opposing player) rather than between the player and the basket
7 : to give (someone) the money, material, etc. needed to do something : advance sense 7 She fronted them a loan to get the start-up going.

front

adjective

Definition of front (Entry 3 of 4)

1a : of, relating to, or situated at the front
b : acting as a front front company
2 : articulated at or toward the front of the oral passage front vowels
3 : constituting the first nine holes of an 18-hole golf course

front

abbreviation

Definition of front (Entry 4 of 4)

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Adjective

front adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for front

Synonyms: Noun

facade (also façade), face, forehead, forepart

Synonyms: Verb

face, look (toward), point (toward)

Synonyms: Adjective

anterior, fore, forward, frontal, frontward (or frontwards)

Antonyms: Noun

back, rear, rearward, reverse

Antonyms: Adjective

aft, after, hind, hinder, hindmost, posterior, rear, rearward

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Examples of front in a Sentence

Noun

the front of the church features a magnificent stained-glass window that smile is just a front—I don't think she actually likes me at all

Verb

The house fronts Main Street. The house fronts on Main Street. He is now fronting a different band. He fronts a talk show.

Adjective

There's a small statue on the front lawn. He keeps his wallet in his front pocket.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But the band, fronted by Donald Fagen, is out touring again. John Adamian, courant.com, "Tedeschi Trucks And Jay Critch Are Just Two Of This Week's Must-See Shows," 2 July 2018 As reported by British Vogue, the French brand is forging new ground with Le Volume Revolution, a volumizing mascara that launched this month and features a campaign fronted by longtime brand ambassador Kristen Stewart. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Chanel Launches Le Volume Revolution Mascara With 3D Printed Wand," 11 June 2018 This is Henson's second time fronting the Viva Glam campaign. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Taraji P. Henson's New MAC Viva Glam Campaign Is Here—And Our Jaws Hit The Floor," 17 Aug. 2017 Presidents Xi and Trump fronting their teams at a working dinner Saturday after the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires. Kwanwoo Jun, WSJ, "Tariff Truce With China Eases ‘Cold War’ Fears," 2 Dec. 2018 Them Van Morrison fronted this Irish band for just two years before becoming Van Morrison. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "100 Songs to Clean the Garage To," 20 Nov. 2018 The band is fronted by Lambert’s reported boyfriend, Evan Felker. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "Miranda Lambert Opens Up on Stage About Putting Her 'Sad' Feelings Into Her Music," 20 July 2018 The book splits the U.P. into three sections, each fronted by a locator map showing the location of every bar, the pages where each can be found in the book, and highways that suggest the paths of long-distance bar crawls. John Carlisle, Detroit Free Press, "Father, son bond writing U.P. bars book and it becomes a cult classic," 10 June 2018 In much the same way Toby was putting on a brave face for Kate, Beth is fronting with Randall. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "'This Is Us' Reveals the Heartbreaking Promise Miguel Made to Jack Before He Died," 24 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The New York Yankees, believed to be the front-runner for Hamels, are on his no-trade list and are below the luxury-tax limit. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "Rangers' deadline dilemma: Find trade for Beltre or keep him for 2018, beyond," 24 June 2018 These include automated locker systems as well as Amazon Key, which gives delivery drivers the ability to unlock the front door to drop a package safely inside a recipient’s home. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Police use cameras and fake Amazon boxes with GPS to catch thieves," 12 Dec. 2018 Arrive early and enjoy a specialty cocktail, like the Cape May Mule, or stay a while after your meal and have a nightcap on the front porch. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Winter In Cape May, New Jersey," 10 Dec. 2018 But wait, another Ari as Jenna pops out with a brunette bob, carrying her big dollhouse to the front porch steps. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Watch Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" Video Reference "Bring It On," "Mean Girls," "Legally Blonde," and "13 Going on 30"," 30 Nov. 2018 In Jack and Rebecca's storyline, fans learned that the man Rebecca was kissing on her front porch was her former high school sweetheart, Alan. Eileen Reslen, Good Housekeeping, "The Important Things You Totally Missed on 'This Is Us' Last Night," 10 Oct. 2018 The front porch is clearly an important space, too. Jessica Mischner, House Beautiful, "Hand-Painted Wallpaper Makes This Alabama House Simply Stunning," 6 Oct. 2018 At around 2am on Tuesday morning, the lapping waters had reached the cusp of the front porch. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Harvey: This is probably the worst US flood storm ever; I’ll never be the same," 25 Aug. 2018 However, Hadwin is still considered a fan-favorite since she's been a front-runner all season, and even earned judge Howie Mandell's golden buzzer. Eileen Reslen, Country Living, "Furious ‘America’s Got Talent’ Fans Think We Three Was ‘Robbed’ From the Finals," 13 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of front

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1523, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Adjective

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for front

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French frunt, front, from Latin front-, frons

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front

noun

English Language Learners Definition of front

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the forward part or surface of something : the part of something that is seen first

: a place, position, or area that is most forward or is directly ahead

: the part of your body that faces forward and includes your face and chest

front

verb

English Language Learners Definition of front (Entry 2 of 3)

: to have the face or front toward (something)

: to be the leader or lead singer of (a musical group)

: to host or present (a radio or TV program)

front

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of front (Entry 3 of 3)

: of or relating to the front : located at the front

golf —used to refer to the first 9 holes of an 18-hole golf course

front

noun
\ ˈfrənt \

Kids Definition of front

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the forward part or surface the front of a shirt I stood at the front of the line.
2 : a region in which active warfare is taking place
3 : the boundary between bodies of air at different temperatures a cold front
in front of
: directly before or ahead of She sat in front of me.

front

verb
fronted; fronting

Kids Definition of front (Entry 2 of 3)

: face entry 2 sense 1 Their cottage fronts the lake.

front

adjective

Kids Definition of front (Entry 3 of 3)

: situated at the front front legs the front door

front

noun

Legal Definition of front 

: something or someone (as a person or group) used to mask the identity or true character or activity of the actual person or organization in control

Other Words from front

front verb

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