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adjective front·line \ ˈfrənt-ˌlīn \

Definition of frontline

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

Examples of frontline in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of frontline

1915

frontline Synonyms

Synonyms
A-OK, A1, awesome, bang-up, banner, beautiful, blue-chip, blue-ribbon, boffo, bonny (also bonnie) [chiefly British], boss [slang], brag, brave, bully, bumper, capital, choice, classic, cool [slang], corking, crackerjack, cracking, dandy, divine, dope [slang], down [slang], dynamite, fab, fabulous, famous, fantabulous [slang], fantastic, fine, first-class, first-rate, first-string, five-star, four-star, excellent, gangbusters (also gangbuster), gilt-edged (or gilt-edge), gone [slang], grand, great, groovy, heavenly, high-class, hot, hype [slang], immense, jim-dandy, keen, lovely, marvelous (or marvellous), mean, neat, nifty, noble, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, out-of-sight [slang], par excellence, peachy, peachy keen, phat [slang], prime, primo [slang], prize, prizewinning, quality, radical [slang], righteous [slang], sensational, slick, splendid, stellar, sterling, superb, superior, superlative, supernal, swell, terrific, tip-top, top, top-flight, top-notch, top-of-the-line, topping [chiefly British], top-shelf, unsurpassed, wizard [chiefly British], wonderful
Antonyms
atrocious, awful, execrable, lousy, pathetic, poor, rotten, terrible, vile, wretched
Related Words
acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, good, OK (or okay), passable, satisfactory, tolerable; better, exceptional, fancy, high-grade, high-test, premium, select, special, superfine; classical, standard, traditional
Near Antonyms
bad, inferior, low-grade, substandard, unsatisfactory; mediocre, middling, second-class, second-rate

front line

noun

Definition of front line

1 a :a military line formed by the most advanced tactical combat units; also :front 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

Examples of front line in a Sentence

  1. These researchers are on the front line of defense against cancer.

  2. She has been working on the front lines to educate the poor.

First Known Use of front line

circa 1797

front line Synonyms


FRONTLINE Defined for English Language Learners

front line

noun

Definition of front line for English Language Learners

  • : an area where soldiers are fighting

  • : the most important and active position in a job or field of activity



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