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

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 Since then, the Koreas dismantled their frontline propaganda loudspeakers, restored a military hotline and held their first general-level talks since 2007. Fox News, "Rival Koreas' generals discuss easing military confrontation," 30 July 2018 Since then, the Koreas dismantled their frontline propaganda loudspeakers, restored a military hotline and held their first general-level talks since 2007. Hyung-jin Kim, The Seattle Times, "Rival Koreas’ generals discuss easing military confrontation," 30 July 2018 The program, which began on Friday, adds 200 frontline officers to the night shift over the summer, CTV reported. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "A Toronto Shooting Left 2 Dead and 13 Injured," 23 July 2018 Antipsychotics are the frontline pharmacological treatment for schizophrenia, according to the Mayo Clinic. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "9 Things You Should Know About Taking Antipsychotic Drugs," 7 Dec. 2018 But this trend changed again as medical technology improved and frontline fighting after 9/11 increased. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Man With a Knife for an Arm," 14 Aug. 2018 Microsoft has positioned the Surface Go as an ideal system for frontline workers: people who may be out in the field on customer or other remote sites. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Surface Go with integrated LTE available for preorder now, from $679," 12 Nov. 2018 The heavy truck will be delivered to a rough, frontline airfield where only one airplane can operate at a time under threat of military action. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The C-130J Super Hercules Is Ready for the Worst," 9 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Virginia trans teen Gavin Grimm has been one of the most visible people on the front lines of the fight since suing his school district for bathroom access at age 15. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Iowa Students Demonstrated for and Against a Trans Classmate's Right to Bathroom Access," 15 Apr. 2019 In the command center, a quarter mile from the front line of a simmering conflict, troop locations are shown on one television. Jeré Longman, New York Times, "Watching the World Cup in a War Zone, Where Every Goal Matters," 15 June 2018 But both tapped into widespread resentment at Europe and the government’s inability to shelter Italy from the front line of Mediterranean migration. Alan Crawford,, "Italy Blames Europe, Sparking Populist Rise," 5 Mar. 2018 Humanitarian groups arrived in the Mediterranean in mid-2015, after a handful of deadly shipwrecks following the end of Europe’s Mare Nostrum program, in which Italian ships served as the front line in rescue operations. Gaia Pianigiani, New York Times, "Malta Cracks Down on a Humanitarian Ship That Carried Migrants," 2 July 2018 These reportedly will be stored away from the front line in central Ukraine and used only in case of an all-out separatist assault. David L. Stern, Washington Post, "War in eastern Ukraine now seems a distant storm to Kiev," 26 June 2018 In Vox’s Borders series, Johnny travels the globe to listen to the people living on the front lines of international relations. Johnny Harris, Vox, "Why Colombia is losing the cocaine war," 18 Dec. 2018 This podcast does that but with people who were at the front lines of history. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "A few of our favorite podcasts in 2018, from new to new-to-us," 23 Dec. 2018 Less than a year old, Northwell’s program has trained nearly 30 people to become community health workers, a nonmedical, entry-level job at the front lines of serving hard-to-reach patients in vulnerable communities, many of whom use Medicaid. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "Hospitals Hire Frontline Workers to Improve Care, Trim Costs," 22 Nov. 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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