\ 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


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.



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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front adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for front

Synonyms: Noun

facade (also façade), face, forehead, forepart

Synonyms: Verb

face, look (toward), point (toward)

Synonyms: Adjective

anterior, fore, forward, frontal, frontward (or frontwards)

Antonyms: Noun

back, rear, rearward, reverse

Antonyms: Adjective

aft, after, hind, hinder, hindmost, posterior, rear, rearward

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Examples of front in a Sentence


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


The house fronts Main Street. The house fronts on Main Street. He is now fronting a different band. He fronts a talk show.


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

One of English footballs biggest matches, a fixture that over the years has been littered with world class talent, fronted by managers at the absolute top of their game, and sometimes billed as a possible title decider., "Twitter Reacts as Manchester United & Chelsea Lineups Fail to Impress in Premier League Opener," 11 Aug. 2019 That decision won’t halt either program: HHMI’s grant covered only a fraction of the cost of running the two programs, and both schools have folded funding for them into capital campaigns fronted by their presidents. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "A vaunted program for boosting the diversity of U.S. academic scientists is starting to spread," 24 July 2019 The campaign video and marketing images feature a diverse cast of models fronted by gender-fluid twins Joseph and Jake Dupont. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Why Amazon is the perfect platform for Lady Gaga’s new cosmetics line," 16 July 2019 One of their main backers is the NoVo Foundation, a fund set up by Peter and Jennifer Buffett, with the cash fronted by Peter’s dad, Warren. The Economist, "The winner (no longer) takes it all," 15 June 2019 The tavern, which fronts the Cape Fear River, was probably too small to have served as a major gathering place for patriots, or have been a brothel, as some have speculated. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "‘Seditious’ Pressed Glass Jewel Found in 18th-Century North Carolina Tavern," 10 July 2019 When the weather is nice like paradise, Noblemen’s Cut and Shave opens up the garage door that fronts the barbershop in downtown Fort Lauderdale to address follicles al fresco style. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, "SummerTimeOut: Noblemen’s Cut and Shave a hip hangout," 1 July 2019 Little wonder, then, that Mr Johnson, who fronted the Leave campaign in 2016, remains the favourite. R.c., The Economist, "Who are the members of the Conservative Party?," 28 June 2019 The future bank headquarters also will replace a surface parking lot that fronts Woodward. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Chemical Bank to raze downtown Detroit building for new headquarters," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While some might say many homeless individuals prefer the freedom of their life — the sidewalk their front porch, open to conversations, handout and hustles — the truth is no one wants to live on the street. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, "After 18 months reporting on the homeless crisis, this is what I learned," 15 Aug. 2019 Residents of more than 50 homes in Henrico County woke up Sunday morning with a tube-style television sitting on their front porches, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. Fox News, "‘TV man’ mysteriously leaves old television sets at Virginia homes," 15 Aug. 2019 An assault weapon is heavier to carry, harder to store, clumsier to whip out when face to face with the bad guy in the dark alley or on the front porch. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Why buy an assault weapon if a handgun does the trick?," 14 Aug. 2019 Blue tarp covers what’s left of siding, columns barely hold up mangled and buckled front porches, and pieces of insulation from a school a few hundred yards away are still scattered across his property. Washington Post, "Devastation on top of devastation: The people of Dayton try to recover, again.," 10 Aug. 2019 Listen to live music from the front porch of the farmhouse., "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 8 Aug. 2019 He was shot on May 9, 2012, after stepping out onto the front porch of his home in the 14800 block of Northeast Fremont Street while his two children slept inside., "Second man convicted in 2012 shooting death outside Northeast Portland home," 8 Aug. 2019 The ground floor will open up into a front-porch-like view of what’s dubbed Central Park — a 2.5-acre public park with a lawn, promenade, bandshell and seating space also due to open next summer. Ryan Gillespie,, "Creative Village: UCF-Valencia campus expected to be hottest area for downtown Orlando growth," 7 Aug. 2019 Neighbors, hearing the gathering outside, looked on from their front porches. Oyin Adedoyin,, "4-year-old boy mourned at vigil in Northwest Baltimore, including by woman who says she is former foster mother," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of front


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1523, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for front


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

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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



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)



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


\ 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.


fronted; fronting

Kids Definition of front (Entry 2 of 3)

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



Kids Definition of front (Entry 3 of 3)

: situated at the front front legs the front door



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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