front

noun
\ ˈfrənt \

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

front

verb
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.

front

adjective

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

front

abbreviation

Definition of front (Entry 4 of 4)

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Adjective

front adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for front

Synonyms: Noun

facade (also façade), face, forehead, forepart

Synonyms: Verb

face, look (toward), point (toward)

Synonyms: Adjective

anterior, fore, forward, frontal, frontward (or frontwards)

Antonyms: Noun

back, rear, rearward, reverse

Antonyms: Adjective

aft, after, hind, hinder, hindmost, posterior, rear, rearward

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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

Maleni is the breadwinner in the relationship — not that this dissuades Chicklet from fronting to the ‘gram with hundreds that don’t even belong to him. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "When this Instagram couple has vicious fights, millions of people tune in," 31 Aug. 2018 YouTube's second most popular U.S. channel is Ryan Toys Reviews, a toy channel fronted by a 6-year-old, according to measurement service TubularLabs. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "YouTube responds to critics with YouTube Kids update — it's curated," 25 Apr. 2018 Sundial Mottos, a new local group co-fronted by Graham Hunt (Midnight Reruns) and Alicia Rodriguez (Apollo Vermouth), opened Saturday with a 30-minute set. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bully's furious, cathartic Milwaukee concert a perfect complement to the Women's March," 21 Jan. 2018 But the band, fronted by Donald Fagen, is out touring again. John Adamian, courant.com, "Tedeschi Trucks And Jay Critch Are Just Two Of This Week's Must-See Shows," 2 July 2018 As reported by British Vogue, the French brand is forging new ground with Le Volume Revolution, a volumizing mascara that launched this month and features a campaign fronted by longtime brand ambassador Kristen Stewart. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Chanel Launches Le Volume Revolution Mascara With 3D Printed Wand," 11 June 2018 This is Henson's second time fronting the Viva Glam campaign. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Taraji P. Henson's New MAC Viva Glam Campaign Is Here—And Our Jaws Hit The Floor," 17 Aug. 2017 Presidents Xi and Trump fronting their teams at a working dinner Saturday after the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires. Kwanwoo Jun, WSJ, "Tariff Truce With China Eases ‘Cold War’ Fears," 2 Dec. 2018 Them Van Morrison fronted this Irish band for just two years before becoming Van Morrison. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "100 Songs to Clean the Garage To," 20 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

This is how people get quantum-leap promotions, from front-line employee to vice president in a couple of years. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "How to Navigate Yet Another Office Shakeup," 14 Jan. 2019 There was Ichiro and, of course, some front-office drama. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Pitchers and catchers reporting in a month brings little sunshine for Mariners fans," 13 Jan. 2019 That density could one day lead to RGB grids on a case door or front panel with far more granularity than today’s LEDs. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "RGB fans, rejoice: Corsair's new Capellix LED technology is about to change everything," 10 Jan. 2019 In any case, the Rotax V-twin has enough punch that a thumb-full of throttle causes the rear end to squat on its independent suspension and the front to nose skyward like a boat climbing on plane. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Can-Am's Outlander DPS 650 Is the Do-Anything ATV," 10 Jan. 2019 The screen provides privacy from the front windows and turns the staircase into a living piece of art. Erin Geiger Smith, House Beautiful, "Apartment Therapy's Maxwell Ryan's Home Is An Awesome Mix Of Scandinavian And Barnhouse Chic," 9 Jan. 2019 The Obamas added security fencing to an enlarged retaining wall in front for the needs of the Secret Service but there is not a ten-foot wall around the house; the front steps are open to the sidewalk. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "President Donald Trump Tweeted Incessantly Over the Holiday Break," 2 Jan. 2019 The house sits at an angle in line with the mountain range to the south so that the sprawling front balcony and main room enjoy striking views. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best shipping container houses of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 From the front Salon to the communal Study Hall (which doubles as an art gallery with rotating exhibitions), to the Power Jane office, Quiet Room (with noise-cancelling headphones), Think Tank, and back garden, the club is full of solutions. Prue Lewington, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Jane Club Is the Ultimate Work Space for Moms," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of front

Noun

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

Verb

1523, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Adjective

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for front

Noun

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

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front

noun

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

front

verb

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)

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

front

adjective

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

front

noun
\ ˈfrənt \

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.

front

verb
fronted; fronting

Kids Definition of front (Entry 2 of 3)

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

front

adjective

Kids Definition of front (Entry 3 of 3)

: situated at the front front legs the front door

front

noun

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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