\ 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 The 49ers front seven — and defensive line, specifically — is arguably the best the Ravens have faced all season. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Would you rather see Lamar Jackson take on the 49ers front seven or secondary? That and other Ravens questions, answered.," 29 Nov. 2019 In other settings — like the Tampa airport or other locations where the hospital already has an existing relationship as a health care partner — the hospital would front the cost of the station’s installation. Megan Thielking, STAT, "This booth can virtually connect patients with clinicians and dispense medications. Will patients use it?," 8 Nov. 2019 Mixed-ish, the prequel of the Tracee Ellis Ross–fronted sitcom Black-ish, begins with a rupture. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "A Simplistic View of a Mixed-ish America," 26 Oct. 2019 Television and radio presenter Young fronted the BBC’s coverage of Harry and Meghan’s wedding last May while her husband Nick Jones was a guest at the event. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "TV Presenter Kirsty Young Was the First Person Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Asked to Join Their Foundation," 15 Oct. 2019 Calgary’s Travis Hamonic fronted Meier in the crease, but the defenseman couldn’t prevent the Sharks forward from redirecting a feed from Couture past goalie Cam Talbot for a 1-0 lead at 3:04. Ross Mckeon,, "Patrick Marleau is welcomed back with Sharks’ home win," 13 Oct. 2019 McMillon has already been part of the group for five years, and will front it for two. David Meyer, Fortune, "Huawei’s Big Offer: CEO Daily," 20 Sep. 2019 Some exporters may front-load shipment to the U.S. in coming months as the outlook for trade talks remains unclear, Ms. Wang said. WSJ, "China Trade Data Points to Sagging Economy," 12 July 2019 Hilliard Farber, a banker, broker and hedge-fund founder, had fronted Fotis Dulos millions of dollars over the years for mortgages and land acquisitions, enabling Dulos to sidestep red tape and more easily leverage other financing. Josh Kovner,, "Chemistry and calm, then loneliness and turbulence in the marriage of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos," 23 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Upon arrival, officers found the boys lying in the front yard of their South Minneapolis home, and heard gunshots still being fired inside. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Minn. Man Fatally Shoots Ex-Wife and 2 Sons, Aged 8 and 11, as They Try to Run From Him," 3 Dec. 2019 Neighbors also reported the man was in the front yard with a firearm. Catherine Ho,, "Man shot, killed by police after attacking elderly parents in Concord, police say," 1 Dec. 2019 Randomness is bad Early in the decade, nitrogen-vacancy centers, silicon vacancies (which took a lot longer), and solid-state materials were among the front-runners. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Quantum computing’s also-rans and their fatal flaws," 30 Nov. 2019 Officers spoke to the victim, 19-year-old Harvey Rios, and a witness, who told police a fight had broken out in the front yard and Rios was stabbed twice, once in the arm and once in the chest. Nyssa Kruse, Arkansas Online, "Little Rock police: man suffers 'severe' injuries in stabbing; suspect arrested," 29 Nov. 2019 South Korea on Tuesday sent a formal protest message to North Korea, accusing them of violating last year's inter-Korean agreements aimed at reducing front-line military animosities. Fox News, "South Korean military fires warning shots at North Korean ship over boundary dispute," 28 Nov. 2019 Investigators found a gun in the front yard of a nearby home, according to police. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Man charged in deadly Cleveland shooting is tied shooting that killed 6-year-old girl," 26 Nov. 2019 Police investigated reports of a shooting Sept. 25 at 1:25 a.m. in the area of the 3000 block of Fairview Road and found Webb shot and lying in the front yard of his home. Phil Davis,, "Gwynn Oak woman charged with murder in Woodlawn shooting death," 26 Nov. 2019 Each worked with our front-line staff to comply with the CTFC’s core principles governing operational risk and the allocation of losses. Fortune, "Fintech Regulation Needs More Principles, Not More Rules," 19 Nov. 2019

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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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“Front.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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easily led, controlled, or managed

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