\ 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

In recent weeks, the department launched a program that uses dogs to help front-line officers with the stress of the job. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "New survey shows heavy psychological toll for Virginia’s first responders," 10 Sep. 2019 Pepper fronts them a car, a roll of cash and a Chekhovian gun in the glove compartment, then sends them on their way. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Jungleland': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 7 Sep. 2019 The original Meletio buildings fronting on Cesar Chavez will be preserved as the entry to the new apartment units. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Developer clears downtown Dallas site for East Quarter mixed-use high-rise," 15 Aug. 2019 It is also designed to help front-line managers react to stressful situations, Davidson said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Program’s goal is to prevent nurse suicides," 29 July 2019 For dog and nature lovers Just a short ride south from Islamorada, Marathon’s Sombrero Beach fronts the Atlantic Ocean. Nancy Depalma, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Beaches in the Florida Keys," 19 July 2019 The rest of the 500,000- to 1 million-square-foot development is to include office buildings fronting Broad Street and restaurants and a black box theater in an entertainment area near the Parkade Cinemas. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Finally, a proposal for the once “dark side” of the Manchester Parkade," 9 July 2019 The Elkay brand recently rolled out stainless farmhouse sinks with interchangeable apron fronts in several colors. Jura Koncius, The Seattle Times, "Sick of all-white kitchens? Here are six ways to spice things up," 16 Oct. 2018 Next week, Fresno State will be fronted by Jorge Reyna. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Sure, Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan is shorter. But he’s also crafty," 25 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

North Carolina holds two games in hand on Portland, making them the front-runners to claim their third consecutive NWSL Shield. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Portland Thorns suffer worst loss in club history with first place in NWSL on the line," 12 Sep. 2019 What to look for Biden, who is the front-runner in most polls, has been targeted by other candidates for his record on issues of race and criminal justice. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Democrats face off in third 2020 primary debate," 12 Sep. 2019 Biden, for his part, notably unveiled several lines of attack against Warren on Tuesday — but not Sanders — signaling her front-runner status., "In an interview with the Globe over the weekend, Sanders declined to criticize Warren and also demurred on whether he thinks New Hampshire will be a contest between just him and Warren.," 12 Sep. 2019 Arrayed against this is a squishy moderation, exemplified by Joe Biden, the former vice-president and current front-runner, and Kamala Harris, the senator from California. The Economist, "Elizabeth Warren’s ideas get noticed. Michael Bennet’s are better," 7 Sep. 2019 Davis practiced at left tackle this past week, and is viewed as the front-runner to replace Laremy Tunsil, who Miami traded to the Houston Texans over a week ago. Omar Kelly,, "Dolphins sign O-lineman Jesse Davis to a three-year, $15 million extension," 7 Sep. 2019 Rockette made strides at the position in the spring, and entered fall camp as the front-runner to start. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Finally healthy, South Alabama’s Travis Reed ready to ‘give it to God’," 5 Sep. 2019 Gloria and Bry are the clear front runners among nine candidates running for mayor. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bry says mayoral rival Gloria supports housing legislation that could damage neighborhoods," 1 Sep. 2019 John Jerry, Trey Hopkins and Michael Jordan are currently the front runners to win the battle at left guard. Tyler Dragon,, "Guard Christian Westerman returns to Cincinnati Bengals," 21 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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to make a temporary encampment

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