front·​line | \ ˈfrənt-ˌlīn How to pronounce frontline (audio) \

Definition of frontline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : relating to, being, or involved in a front line frontline ambulances
2 : first-rate frontline teachers also : first-string a frontline goalie

front line


Definition of front line (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a military line formed by the most advanced tactical combat units also : front sense 2a(2)
b : an area of potential or actual conflict or struggle
2 : the most advanced, responsible, or visible position in a field or activity

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Examples of frontline in a Sentence


if I'm having brain surgery, I want it done at a frontline hospital


These researchers are on the front line of defense against cancer. She has been working on the front lines to educate the poor.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

There ought to be a better way, perhaps with a rapid escalation process from frontline content reviewers to a more discerning panel of experts? Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Why Mark Zuckerberg's Not Apologizing For That Fake Nancy Pelosi Video—Data Sheet," 27 June 2019 Pick a frontline team like Mercedes-AMG or Ferrari, and that's pole positions and race wins. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "F1 2019 simulates the highs and lows of motorsport, on and off the track," 26 June 2019 Chris Paddack and Matt Strahm both have two pitches that are better than big league average, making them potential frontline pitchers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Padres thoughts: On Green; Machado ejection; team appeal for Myers," 18 June 2019 Bellefeuille and thousands of other line workers became frontline emblems of their employer’s failings. Lizzie Johnson,, "At PG&E, a workforce on edge — and under attack — as fire season arrives," 9 June 2019 That cost him the entire season and would be his final appearance with the Nets, who had signed him to a three-year, $36 million deal to become their frontline point guard. Gary Washburn,, "Linsanity a distant memory, but Jeremy Lin plays on," 8 June 2019 Put simply, their business model is based on having as many income-producing, frontline workers as possible. Amy Lindgren, Twin Cities, "Working Strategies: Six ways to advance your career in the trades," 8 June 2019 Codorniou says frontline workers want to better understand the company as well as its goals, values and priorities, while feeling that their work is meaningful. Gwen Moran, Fortune, "Better Communication Tools Can Radically Improve Workplaces—If Managers Can Convince Workers to Speak Up," 8 June 2019 The door closes on the drama and the opaque world of the frontline GPS operator is again hidden from view and consideration. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Locked Rooms Where They Protect GPS," 22 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Training, structure, curriculum and classroom hours, much of which are mandated by federal or state labor agencies now, would be left up to the industries on the front lines. Dallas Morning News, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Trump plan to expand apprenticeships is timely, intriguing," 30 June 2019 In fact, drag performers were reportedly on the front lines during one of the most seminal events in LGBTQ history: the Stonewall uprising. Nick Ramsey, NBC News, "Drag's 'power of rebellion' is keeping Stonewall legacy alive," 26 June 2019 Gannu has been on the front lines of security for smart factories and has operational experience in dealing with protecting the relationship between IT and OT. Matthew Rothenberg, Ars Technica, "For the industrial Internet of Things, defense in depth is a requirement," 19 June 2019 Lloyd made those questions even more pertinent on Sunday by starting with a second-string front line and scoring two goals in the U.S.’s 3-0 defeat of Chile. Grant Wahl,, "Carli Lloyd Has Shown Plenty, But Starting Again Unlikely for USA Star at World Cup," 16 June 2019 But the price of victory in Normandy was paid by the men on the front line, and the airborne forces took a disproportionate number of casualties. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Return of 'That’s All, Brother': The Plane That Led the D-Day Invasion," 4 June 2019 No compatible source was found for this media. Advertisement X More accurately, the club added starters across its front line and midfield, pushing a handful of last season’s regulars to the bench. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "A major reason Sporting KC is in first place? A weapon it never had last year," 29 June 2018 The front line and much of the middle of the defense will be rebuilt heading into 2018. Matt Murschel,, "Rebuilding UConn is No. 100 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 19 May 2018 Thomas was often found on the front line of the kickoff return unit, spent time on the defensive line of the punt return unit and even got 11 snaps at vice, where some of his best plays of the year came despite his comparatively small snap count. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "Revisiting an overlooked Miami Dolphins strength in 2017," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of frontline


1915, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of frontline was circa 1797

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English Language Learners Definition of front line

: an area where soldiers are fighting
: the most important and active position in a job or field of activity

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