\ 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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Other Words from front


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: Noun The post-match focus at Tottenham was less on Edinson Cavani’s diving header that put second-place United 2-1 in front and more on the circumstances that denied the forward the game's opening goal. Rob Harris, ajc, "Mourinho moans at Solskjaer as Tottenham's season unravels," 11 Apr. 2021 Eight minutes into the game, Toronto had jumped in front by 17 points, leading 33-16. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers feel ‘embarrassed, disappointed’ following ‘ridiculous’ performance against Toronto Raptors," 11 Apr. 2021 Bitadze did some subtle things in the fourth, however, to help the Pacers stay in front. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, "Reserves spark Indiana Pacers to hold off Orlando Magic and win 2nd game in a row," 10 Apr. 2021 Los Angeles managed to score first for just the second time in seven meetings against San Jose this season when Iafallo was left alone in front to redirect a centering pass from Dustin Brown past Jones. Josh Dubow, Star Tribune, "Martin Jones makes 32 saves to lead Sharks past Kings 5-2," 10 Apr. 2021 These upcoming EVs will ride on the new e-TNGA platform co-developed by Toyota and Subaru, which supports an electric motor in front or one in the rear, or on both axles for all-wheel drive. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Toyota's Upcoming EVs Could Be Named BZ, for Beyond Zero," 9 Apr. 2021 After Jones’ basket put Stanford back in front, South Carolina committed a turnover with 15 seconds remaining. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, "Stanford survives late push from South Carolina to advance to national title game," 2 Apr. 2021 Ford's F-Series remained in front at 203,797, up 9%. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Ram back in front of Silverado as Stellantis reports first-quarter sales," 1 Apr. 2021 Inside, beyond the central stairhall are the living room and parlor in front. oregonlive, "Loomis armored car founder’s Portland mansion is for sale at $3.2 million," 1 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Three of these green areas are still in place, atop the two low buildings that front on Fifth Avenue and 1250 Sixth Avenue, and they are occasionally rented out for things like photo shoots and the odd product launch. Christopher Bonanos, Curbed, "Radio City Music Hall Will Finally Get Its Roof Garden After 90 Years," 25 Mar. 2021 Banks front the payment, take a cut and collect what’s due from the company down the road. Duncan Mavin, WSJ, "Behind Greensill’s Collapse: Detour Into Risky Loans," 13 Mar. 2021 The change, though, still left municipalities looking for cash to front the cost of using the hotels while waiting to get reimbursed by the federal government. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County won’t expand program to shelter homeless people in hotels," 5 Mar. 2021 Their tense conversation is interrupted by Archie stopping by, asking for funding, and Veronica agrees to front the startup costs. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Riverdale recap: Back to school for more epic highs and lows of high school football," 25 Feb. 2021 When the bills of companies’ suppliers came due, Greensill would front the payment, take a cut and get the full amount from the company down the road. Duncan Mavin, WSJ, "How Deal Making Caught Up With Lex Greensill," 18 Mar. 2021 Traditional tuition reimbursement programs force workers to front the cost for their training. David Meyer, Fortune, "Can tech solve the re-skilling challenge?," 10 Mar. 2021 The celebrated New York designer enlisted Lola Leon (née Lourdes Leon) to front his spring 2021 campaign. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lola Leon Stars in the Marc Jacobs Spring 2021 Campaign," 16 Feb. 2021 The crippling budget crisis brought on by the pandemic has Los Angeles officials struggling to find money to front the payment for hotel rooms. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, "‘Manna from heaven’: L.A. officials say Biden funding could get thousands of homeless off streets," 27 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective For a state hoping to end a health crisis, manage an economic crisis and reanimate New York City amid a combustible mayor’s race whose current front-runner is Andrew Yang, the turmoil in Albany has only perpetuated a sense of wider chaos. New York Times, "Andrew Cuomo’s White-Knuckle Ride," 13 Apr. 2021 McAuliffe, the presumptive front-runner in the five-person Democratic primary, to be held in June, has been methodically locking up and rolling out an unmatched number of endorsements and said he was honored to have Northam's. Sarah Rankin, Star Tribune, "Northam endorses predecessor McAuliffe for Virginia governor," 8 Apr. 2021 Oscar front-runner ‘Nomadland’ was absent because its cast was populated mostly by nonprofessional actors, and guild voters aren’t going to reward that. Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times, "It wasn’t the sex scandal that drew Kate Mara to ‘A Teacher.’ It was ‘the aftermath’," 7 Apr. 2021 Adams is a name believed to be an early front-runner for the Tech head coaching job. Dallas News, "Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt details what occurred in the final days before Chris Beard’s departure to Texas," 1 Apr. 2021 The former Virginia Democratic governor, who hopes to return to the seat for a second term this year (the state of Virginia does not allow governors to hold consecutive terms), is the front-runner to win the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. Emily Brooks, Washington Examiner, "Virginia Republicans face anonymous attacks running for governor," 27 Mar. 2021 With its rush of development in recent decades that favored the movement of traffic over the safety of walkers, Florida faces enormous challenges in addressing its status as a perennial front-runner in putting pedestrians at risk. Kevin Spear,, "Florida pedestrian toll sees ‘glimmer of hope’ but vexing challenges remain, safety groups say," 26 Mar. 2021 Burton, a junior-college transfer who signed with the Jaguars in December 2019, was the front-runner to start at right tackle heading into spring practice. Creg Stephenson |, al, "South Alabama offensive lineman Hayden Burton dismissed from team," 24 Mar. 2021 The 6-foot-4 330-pound offensive lineman is a front runner to start at one guard spot in 2021. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Sources: Bengals signing guard Quinton Spain, cornerback Eli Apple to one-year deals," 23 Mar. 2021

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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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14 Apr 2021

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“Front.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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


\ 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.


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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