front

noun
\ 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

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

Robert Cray has been making music for more than 40 years — singing, writing songs, playing guitar and fronting a band — and has countless accolades to his credit, including several Grammy awards. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, "Robert Cray is still going strong, almost 45 years into his career," 10 July 2018 Who else could pull off those timeless Margiela Tabi boots with this much swagger?—and has fronted a campaign for liberal-arts-college-boy favorite Carhartt. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Is it Any Surprise That Steve Lacy Won Best Dressed in Eighth Grade?," 26 Mar. 2019 In a recent hearing, members of Congress came down hard on Northrop Grumman, arguing that the contractor should possibly front the cash for its mistakes. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Why NASA is struggling to get its most powerful space telescope off the ground," 1 Aug. 2018 Sanders was asked to leave a Virginia restaurant because the employees and owner find her actions fronting for the administration sickening. Karin Klein, star-telegram, "Why Sarah Sanders shouldn’t have been kicked out of that restaurant," 26 June 2018 El Cigala fronts a ten-member band in his first Chicago date since 2011. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Flamenco singer Diego el Cigala pushes his Spanish roots into the fiery sound of New World salsa on Indestructible," 29 Mar. 2018 Commissioners put off a vote on the project last month so Hudson Holdings could scale back some parts of the project — changes included splitting one of the buildings into two and moving back a part of a building fronting Atlantic Avenue. Aric Chokey, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Midtown Delray development project inches closer to approval," 7 Mar. 2018 The theater itself, in historic Covent Garden, is one of the city's most magnificent buildings with its classical portico fronting Bow Street. Ramsay Short, Condé Nast Traveler, "24 Best Things to Do in London," 3 Mar. 2018 But neither can escape the uniformity of the 58-foot zoning, or fronting a wide street next to an overpass to Potrero Hill. John King, San Francisco Chronicle, "Dogpatch’s jumble of styles suits once-industrial neighborhood just fine," 19 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Advertising All things considered, Ahmed is deservingly the front-runner in the running backroom. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Washington opens spring football this week. These are the top story lines to watch.," 1 Apr. 2019 The Favorite’ is one of two front runners this year). Max Maeckler, Vogue, "Going to the Oscars? The Best L.A. Hotels for Every Hollywood Type," 22 Feb. 2019 Cassie is clearly the front-runner simply because of their body language and how Colton is with her, and then...there's Caitlin/Sasha Pieterse. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "An Ode to the Glasses of This Week's Episode of 'The Bachelor'," 22 Jan. 2019 Consider hanging a red tulip wreath on your front door, as well. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "The Real Meaning Behind the Colors of Easter," 8 Mar. 2019 Until Monday, Kraft, 63, served as deputy managing editor and previously was front-page editor and national editor. Meg James, latimes.com, "Los Angeles Times installs new leadership team that includes Scott Kraft, Kris Viesselman and Kimi Yoshino," 10 July 2018 One client of hers, an artist, added artificial flamingos to the lawn around her front door. Melissa Rayworth, BostonGlobe.com, "Front porches and entries that say ‘welcome’," 5 July 2018 Pelosi, in a story photographed by his landlady (!), the lensmith Gabriela Herman, dished on his enduring love of color, cooking, hosting, and creating a retreat from the chaos of the world outside his front door. Asad Syrkett, Curbed, "Year in Curbed: The best of House Calls," 26 Dec. 2018 One package spent just three minutes on someone’s front porch Tuesday before it was swiped and the suspect caught by police. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Police use cameras and fake Amazon boxes with GPS to catch thieves," 12 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)
British : 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 How to pronounce front (audio) \

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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