\ ˈfrənt How to pronounce front (audio) \

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


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.



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

Definition of front (Entry 4 of 4)

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front adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for front

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 Capri used Tawny Costa, his longtime girlfriend and the mother of two of his children, to front the projects. Robert Anglen, USA TODAY, "Feds: Ex-mobster used Toby Keith and Rascal Flatts restaurants in nationwide fraud scheme," 8 Feb. 2020 The accessories brand has not only enlisted Gerber to front its , but also to help design a four-piece capsule collection dubbed . Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kaia Gerber's Capsule Shoe Collection with Jimmy Choo is Perfect," 3 Feb. 2020 Joe Morris, two black men who, in the 1950s and 1960s, hired a white man to front their real estate business. Paul Bond, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Banker' Subject's Wives Ask Apple to Cancel Film's March Release (Exclusive)," 17 Jan. 2020 Less than an hour from beaches that front the big resorts, Baby Beach is a delightful half-moon in an unruffled sheltered lagoon. Melanie Refffes, USA TODAY, "Shh! These are the best secret beaches in the Caribbean," 25 Nov. 2019 The tower will frame the north end of an outdoor plaza that fronts on Stony Island. Blair Kamin,, "Column: Here’s an exclusive look at the latest design tweaks to the Obama Presidential Center. Is the third time the charm?," 27 Oct. 2019 The historic portion of the park that fronts Broadway and includes the fountain will remain in its existing state. San Diego Union-Tribune, "With interior demolition and park planning in progress, Horton Plaza’s days as a ghost town are numbered," 3 Oct. 2019 The tweet in question, which showed a picture of the City full back next to a controversial cartoon character that fronts up Spanish confectionary brand 'Conguitos' alongside the caption 'guess who?', has since been deleted., "Bernardo Silva Charged With Misconduct by FA Over Racist Benjamin Mendy Tweet," 2 Oct. 2019 The Queen Victoria Memorial, centerpiece of the plaza that fronts Buckingham Palace, is possibly the most bombastic of this city’s monuments to British grandeur. Siddhartha Mitter, New York Times, "Kara Walker Takes a Monumental Jab at Britannia," 30 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The back-to-front oddity of Mr Bloomberg’s campaign has drawn a lot of scorn. The Economist, "Lexington Mike Bloomberg’s (very expensive) moment," 15 Feb. 2020 LHP MacKenzie Gore, Padres: San Diego is banking on Gore, 20, to be a front-line starter. USA TODAY, "MLB's Top 100: Ranking the names you need to know for the 2020 season," 14 Feb. 2020 The man then used the rear of his car to hit the front of the woman’s car, knocking off her front bumper. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Angry man rams car into coworker’s vehicle on Ohio 237 in Brook Park," 14 Feb. 2020 Strip malls and factories dissolve into countryside where farmers use their road-front real estate to display Bible passages. USA Today, "‘The tongue is a fire’: Southern Baptist church fractures over secrets and spiritual abuse," 13 Feb. 2020 After the dealer replaced the front brake rotors at no charge, the Volvo is back to its mostly smooth and stable self. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Long-Term 2019 Volvo XC60: New Engine, New Platform, New Factory, No Surprises," 13 Feb. 2020 Woods cruised to a 4-under 31 on the front nine thanks to birdies on Nos. 5 and 8, stiffing both approaches to 2 feet, 9 inches. Adam Schupak, Golfweek, "Tiger Woods simmers after strong start to Genesis Invitational," 13 Feb. 2020 The only hardware addition is a camera built into the front bumper, says Ahsan Habib, an engineer with Telenav, the supplier of Cadillac’s new navi. Alex Davies, Wired, "With In-Car AR, Drivers Get a New View of the Road Ahead," 12 Feb. 2020 Instead, there’s a $1 million 1855 gold piece on display in the front case. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: Why fallout from virus hits Bay Area hardest," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of front


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


1523, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for front


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

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The first known use of front was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Front.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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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



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



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


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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.


fronted; fronting

Kids Definition of front (Entry 2 of 3)

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



Kids Definition of front (Entry 3 of 3)

: situated at the front front legs the front door



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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