front burner


: the condition of being in active consideration or development : a position of priority
usually used in the phrase on the front burner
compare back burner
front-burner adjective

Examples of front burner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One way or the other the uptick in interest and investment in both ETH and ETH products will drive this conversation to the front burner at the SEC and other regulatory agencies. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 None is quite ready to move from the back burner to the front burner. Dave Itzkoff, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2023 Those changes appear to happening at two tiers — incremental movement at the energy utilities, and a shifting of priorities among Massachusetts’ leading business associations — moving climate change and clean energy to the front burner. Sabrina Shankman,, 23 Aug. 2023 If that final agreement on a reorganization of Cineworld cannot be concluded, however, the sales process for some or all of Cineworld assets as part of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy settlement is expected to move to the front burner. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Feb. 2023 In the aftermath of FTX, whose management team and structure allegedly managed to deceive some of the largest venture capital firms in the world, the importance of due diligence in the crypto space has moved prominently to the front burner. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 6 Feb. 2023 After Superstorm Sandy, long-gestating plans to build three massive surge barriers have been moved to the front burner, along with discussions about raising entrances to flood-prone subway stations and the locations of critical equipment like pumps, transformers and wastewater pipes. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, 6 June 2013 Kelly Burdick Carter said canceling the fall season was prompted by the need to put equity, diversity and inclusion squarely on the front burner, especially in light of the Black Lives Matter movement and the calls of artists of color for White theater makers to listen to their demands for reform. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 Put talent on the front burner. Lara Abrash, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of front burner was in 1973

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“Front burner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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