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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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While students already often qualify for additional aid to cover such expenses, the university said in a news release that the new guarantee would eliminate financial uncertainty on the front-end. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 14 Sep. 2023 The following day, Harris Rebar Placing ironworkers used a crane to install a rebar column at the northwest corner of what was to be the front-end building housing the start of the PIP-II linear accelerator. Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune, 14 Sep. 2023 The vehicle had heavy front-end damage, and the driver pulled the vehicle onto the curb after striking the debris. cleveland, 2 Sep. 2023 Both the coupe and convertible add canards to the front bumper, which are meant to balance front-end lift at higher speeds. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 15 Aug. 2023 Due to the crash, the truck should have front-end damage. Tony Roberts, Baltimore Sun, 15 Aug. 2023 As much as Bochy needs another front-end pitcher, and a rotation piece is surely coming, the bullpen is his albatross. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 27 July 2023 During the company’s launch event for the Tesla Semi in 2017, Musk teased the announcement of the forthcoming vehicle with an early concept image featuring a much more Semi-style front-end. Jon Porter, The Verge, 20 July 2023 That’s the beauty of using generative AI in this front-end manner. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 17 July 2023
The butt, counterintuitively, comes from the front end. Robert F. Moss, Southern Living, 6 Sep. 2023 In the end, funding these services on the front end is less expensive — in both financial and moral terms — than the cost of not investing in these services. Will Stewart,, 5 Sep. 2023 The changes to the front end also include larger air vents in the bumper and give the Q8 a similar look to the electric Q8 e-tron. Car and Driver, 5 Sep. 2023 With heavy front end damage, the driver of the Cherokee took off continuing westbound on Fairmount and was later identified with the use of Flock Safety cameras as a Garfield Heights man, 39. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 12 Aug. 2023 This year’s squad returns only one starter to an offensive line that surrendered 43 sacks last fall and zero starters on the front end of its 4-3 defensive alignment. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 2 Aug. 2023 After slamming into the wall backwards, the front end of his Toyota smacked it at such a G-force that raised safety concerns about the Next Gen cars, the AP said. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 29 Aug. 2023 By the time the trooper arrived, firefighters had cut the roof off the Jaguar and extinguished a small fire in the front end of the sedan, according to the report. Jeremy C. Fox,, 29 Aug. 2023 After slamming into the wall backwards, the front end of his Toyota smacked it at such a G-force that raised safety concerns about the Next Gen cars. Mark Heim |, al, 28 Aug. 2023 See More

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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

Time Traveler
The first known use of front-end was in 1675

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“Front-end.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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