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

Definition of front (Entry 4 of 4)

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Adjective

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 Lake City fronted the ransom amount to Coveware, which converted the money to bitcoin, paid the attackers and received a fee for its services. Ars Technica, "The Extortion Economy: Insurance companies and the rise in ransomware attacks," 27 Aug. 2019 Lake City fronted the ransom amount to Coveware, which converted the money to bitcoin, paid the attackers and received a fee for its services. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "The Extortion Economy: How Insurance Companies Are Fueling a Rise in Ransomware Attacks," 27 Aug. 2019 The length of the agreement and the percentage of a person’s income depends on who is fronting the money. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, "These colleges let students ditch extra loans. But will students pay more in the long run?," 14 June 2019 Li’nard’s Many Moods, fronted by a prodigious bassist named Li’nard Jackson, was playing. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, "The Book of Prince," 2 Sep. 2019 The band in question, of course, is Wyld Stallyns, the group fronted by a pair of time-traveling stoners whose music is prophesied one day to become the foundation of a Utopian society. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Bill and Ted ready for another excellent adventure as sequel gets green light," 8 May 2018 At one point, the path curves to slowly reveal the 16,000-square-foot house, clad in sandstone, capped with turrets and fronted by a veranda. oregonlive, "Pittock Mansion is giving away VIP tickets to see ‘Downton Abbey’ movie," 4 Sep. 2019 There’s a stage for the bench press fronted by bleachers that fill with fans who are not allowed to take photos but are encouraged to cheer. Rich Cohen, Harper's magazine, "The Wood Chipper," 19 Aug. 2019 Kindle Betz, members of her family, and St. Louis FC owner Jim Kavanaugh emerged from the ashes of a bid fronted by Paul Edgerley, a private equity investor based in Boston. Brian Straus, SI.com, "Source: St. Louis Will Be Awarded an MLS Expansion Franchise Next Week," 14 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Democrats running for president who have endorsed California’s bill include front-runners such as Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. The Economist, "New rules in California could reshape the gig economy," 14 Sep. 2019 While the third Democratic debate never delivered major fireworks between the front runners, the pattern so far has shown that steady, incremental gains can be more lasting. Tovin Lapan, Fortune, "Elizabeth Warren Captains Steady Ascent Into Third Democratic Debate," 13 Sep. 2019 Castro, who served as Obama’s housing chief, kept the pressure on the front-runner. Steve Peoples, The Denver Post, "Democratic debate: Fiery exchanges over costs of health care," 12 Sep. 2019 When Tender Buttons closed for business, the staff covered the front window with brown paper, like a mirror draped with fabric for shiva. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "Tender Buttons, a One-of-a-Kind New York Institution, Closes Shop," 10 Sep. 2019 The case drew national attention when it was learned that Nancy's car bore Lyft and Uber stickers on its front passenger-side window. NBC News, "2-year-old Pittsburgh area girl found dead three days after driver sped off with her in car," 3 Sep. 2019 Investigators said Desrosiers shot through a front window of Ruby Steplight’s home, wounding her 14-year-old granddaughter. Tess Sheets, orlandosentinel.com, "Man accused of killing 83-year-old woman ruled incompetent to stand trial, records show," 2 Sep. 2019 The soothing shades of the gallery and the street outside the front window conflict with your memory of those spaces. David Pagel, Los Angeles Times, "Forget the corpse flower. ‘Blossoming Carcass’ at this gallery has alien appeal," 2 Sep. 2019 Pennsylvania State Police said Nancy was driving a 2017 black Toyota Prius with PA plate KLW3926 with an Uber sticker on the front passenger side window. Fox News, "Amber Alert issued for abducted Pennsylvania girl, 2, state police say," 2 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of front was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Front.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fronting. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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front

noun
How to pronounce front (audio)

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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