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front

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noun \ˈfrənt\

Definition of front

  1. 1a :  forehead; also :  the whole faceb :  external and often feigned appearance especially in the face of danger or adversity

  2. 2a (1) :  vanguard (2) :  a line of battle (3) :  a zone of conflict between armiesb (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. 3 :  a side of a building; especially :  the side that contains the principal entrance

  4. 4a :  the forward part or surfaceb (1) :  frontage (2) :  a beach promenade at a seaside resortc :  dickey 1ad :  the boundary between two dissimilar air masses

  5. 5 archaic :  beginning

  6. 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 bellhopb :  a position of leadership or superiority

  7. 7a :  a person, group, or thing used to mask the identity or true character or activity of the actual controlling agentb :  a person who serves as the nominal head or spokesman of an enterprise or group to lend it prestige

in front of

  1. :  directly before or ahead of

out front

  1. :  in the audience

Examples of front in a Sentence

  1. the front of the church features a magnificent stained-glass window

  2. that smile is just a front—I don't think she actually likes me at all

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Origin and Etymology of front

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


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front

verb

Definition of front

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 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

  3. 2 :  to serve as a front fronting for special interests

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1a :  confront went to the woods because I wished … to front only the essential facts of life — H. D. Thoreaub :  to appear before daily fronted him in some fresh splendor — Alfred Tennyson

  6. 2a :  to be in front of a lawn fronting the houseb :  to be the leader of (a musical group) appeared as a soloist and fronted bands

  7. 3 :  to face toward or have frontage on the house fronts the street

  8. 4 :  to supply a front to fronted the building with bricks

  9. 5a :  to articulate (a sound) with the tongue farther forwardb :  to move (a word or phrase) to the beginning of a sentence

  10. 6 basketball :  to play in front of (an opposing player) rather than between the player and the basket

  11. 7 :  advance 7 fronted him the cash

Examples of front in a Sentence

  1. The house fronts Main Street.

  2. The house fronts on Main Street.

  3. He is now fronting a different band.

  4. He fronts a talk show.

Recent Examples of front from the Web

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First Known Use of front

1523


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front

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Definition of front

  1. 1a :  of, relating to, or situated at the frontb :  acting as a front front company

  2. 2 :  articulated at or toward the front of the oral passage front vowels

  3. 3 :  constituting the first nine holes of an 18-hole golf course

front

adverb

Examples of front in a Sentence

  1. There's a small statue on the front lawn.

  2. He keeps his wallet in his front pocket.

First Known Use of front

1600


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front

abbreviation

Definition of front


FRONT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of front for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of front for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of front for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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front

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noun \ˈfrənt\

Definition of front for Students

  1. 1 :  the forward part or surface the front of a shirt I stood at the front of the line.

  2. 2 :  a region in which active warfare is taking place

  3. 3 :  the boundary between bodies of air at different temperatures a cold front

in front of

  1. :  directly before or ahead of She sat in front of me.


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front

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Definition of front for Students

fronted

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fronting

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


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front

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Definition of front for Students

  1. :  situated at the front front legs the front door


Law Dictionary

front

noun

Legal Definition of front

  1. :  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

front

verb


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