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: relating to, occurring in, or required at the beginning of an undertaking or business transaction
no front-end charge at the time of investment
He pays close attention to financial matters and can speak the language of "front-end money," "back-end money" and the rest of it.Erik Hedegaard
compare back-end sense 1
computing : visible to the user of a device or service
a front-end application/interface
compare back-end sense 2

front end

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plural front ends
: the front part or section of something
Soon the front end of the ship began to go down and down, faster and faster—till the boat looked almost as though it were standing on its head.Hugh Lofting
: a unit in a computer system devoted to controlling the data communications link between terminals and the main computer and often to the preliminary processing of data
: a software interface (such as a graphical user interface) designed to enable user-friendly interaction with a computer
… you'll want to use this well-designed, easy-to-use front end for Windows' obscure command-line tools.Edward Mendelson
compare back end sense 3
: the initial part or period of a business arrangement or financial undertaking
Once a record company has sunk a lot of money on the front end of a project, with big-name producers and an expensive video, she says, "They're afraid of spending money on anything else."Mimi Valdés
In sum, the initiative aims to force … residents to pay more of their own fire protection expenses, and to pay those expenses on the front end.David Sirota
compare back end sense 2

Examples of front-end in a Sentence

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Compared against competitor CarMax, Fong said Carvana has stronger front-end margins and more than two times the EBITDA per unit. Christina Cheddar Berk,alex Harring, CNBC, 12 July 2024 But with Martin declining his player option, that type of extension with a front-end cap hit of $7.1 million for this upcoming season is no longer possible. Barry Jackson and, Miami Herald, 3 July 2024
The fence post collided with the front end of the vehicle, causing the vehicle to flip and land on its roof, the report said. Lena Miano,, 14 July 2024 The biggest difference is a revised front end, which includes a three-dimensional honeycomb-style grille with a more prominent bezel, along with some model-specific matte grey accents. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for front-end 

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Word History

First Known Use


1962, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1675, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of front-end was in 1675

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“Front-end.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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