\ 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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Other Words from front


front adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for front

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of front in a Sentence

Noun 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 Verb The house fronts Main Street. The house fronts on Main Street. He is now fronting a different band. He fronts a talk show. Adjective 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: Noun BoutTyme is at 4002 N. Belt Line Road, in front of a Valero gas station at the corner of Belt Line and Country Club Drive. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "BoutTyme Bbq food truck brings St. Louis-style barbecue to North Texas," 5 May 2021 Jockey Mario Gutierrez, riding in his first Derby, guides the 3-year-old colt to a 1½-length victory in front of a Derby-record crowd of 165,307. Houston Mitchell Assistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, "The Sports Report: Cubs sweep doubleheader from the Dodgers," 5 May 2021 In fact, he won’t actually be allowed to return to work, as his bond prevents him from possessing a firearm or being around other officers, said attorney Lance LoRusso, who represented the 28-year-old officer in front of the civil service board. Christian Boone, ajc, "Fired Atlanta police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks reinstated," 5 May 2021 Weber was questioned in front of Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Glenn Yamahiro for more than an hour Tuesday, answering questions related to the shooting. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wauwatosa's police chief claims Jay Anderson Jr. 'was armed' before he was fatally shot by an officer five years ago," 5 May 2021 Brandon comes alive on stage and thrives in front of cameras. Allana Haynes,, "Carroll County native Brandon Tomlinson finishing new album of songs he hopes will make people ‘super happy’," 5 May 2021 The White House said Tai would make a recommendation to Biden on whether to support a petition in front of the WTO sponsored by India and South Africa to waive an intellectual property agreement on pharmaceutical products. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Biden team divided on vaccine patent waivers," 5 May 2021 Beneath the text are 11 troopers and Kentucky State Police personnel (as well as a K-9) standing in front of several KSP vehicles, with at least one woman and two Black members of the agency appearing to be in the photo, which includes no caption. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky State Police's 'color' and 'gender' Facebook cover photo draws criticism," 5 May 2021 Some suggested the Blink festival, repairing the Black Lives Matters mural in front of City Hall and a new District 5 police headquarters. Sharon Coolidge, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati doesn't have its stimulus money yet, but city council just spent some anyway," 5 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If employees are having to front personal money for business expenses, then adopt software that issues employees intelligent payments using company funds, limited to the pre-approved amount and vendor. Peter Nesbitt, Forbes, "Moving On From Shame And Blame With Your Finance Team," 9 Mar. 2021 And some comes from no longer being expected to be the leader after the Padres also dealt for the Tampa Bay Rays’ Blake Snell and the Chicago Cubs’ Yu Darvish in December to front their rotation. John Perrotto, Forbes, "Joe Musgrove Pitching With Free Mind For Hometown Padres," 18 Apr. 2021 Three of these green areas are still in place, atop the two low buildings that front on Fifth Avenue and 1250 Sixth Avenue, and they are occasionally rented out for things like photo shoots and the odd product launch. Christopher Bonanos, Curbed, "Radio City Music Hall Will Finally Get Its Roof Garden After 90 Years," 25 Mar. 2021 Banks front the payment, take a cut and collect what’s due from the company down the road. Duncan Mavin, WSJ, "Behind Greensill’s Collapse: Detour Into Risky Loans," 13 Mar. 2021 The change, though, still left municipalities looking for cash to front the cost of using the hotels while waiting to get reimbursed by the federal government. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. County won’t expand program to shelter homeless people in hotels," 5 Mar. 2021 Their tense conversation is interrupted by Archie stopping by, asking for funding, and Veronica agrees to front the startup costs. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Riverdale recap: Back to school for more epic highs and lows of high school football," 25 Feb. 2021 When the bills of companies’ suppliers came due, Greensill would front the payment, take a cut and get the full amount from the company down the road. Duncan Mavin, WSJ, "How Deal Making Caught Up With Lex Greensill," 18 Mar. 2021 Traditional tuition reimbursement programs force workers to front the cost for their training. David Meyer, Fortune, "Can tech solve the re-skilling challenge?," 10 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The fact that Tyson was beaten just outside the front door does not relieve the bar staff of any duty to intervene, the appeals court said. Washington Post, "A Black customer was beaten right outside a bar and no one called police. He can sue, a court says.," 24 Apr. 2021 Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser released information Thursday stating that Thomas became increasingly agitated as the standoff progressed and was occasionally seen in the front door with an unholstered pistol. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, "No indictment in January officer-involved shooting after lengthy SWAT standoff," 23 Apr. 2021 To set a convivial tone, Virginia painted the front door of her 1920s American foursquare chartreuse. Jennifer Fernandez, Better Homes & Gardens, "Upbeat Colors and Rehabbed Rescues Take This 1920s New Jersey Foursquare from Basic to Bold," 23 Apr. 2021 Opening her apartment’s front door, Coleman couldn’t see anything in the pitch-black hallway. Cecilia Reyes,, "A Tribune/BGA investigation found at least 61 people have died since 2014 in buildings where city officials knew ahead of time about fire safety problems.," 23 Apr. 2021 The entry point just to the right of his front door was still visible. Nick Valencia, CNN, "Demonstrations continue as community awaits bodycam footage from Andrew Brown Jr. shooting," 23 Apr. 2021 As Columbus police officer Nicholas Reardon is pulling up to the house, Bryant and two other people appear to come out of the front door. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Ma’Khia Bryant shooting in Ohio: What triggered 911 call," 23 Apr. 2021 Large piles of trash were seen near the front door, and a foul smell emanated from inside the home, investigators said. Tiffini Theisen,, "Sheriff: Children removed from Florida home filled with trash, roaches, feces," 22 Apr. 2021 After hearing and feeling the blast, Owen’s fiancé, Eric Cloutier, ran to the front door, thinking someone had crashed a car into their house, but nothing was there., "Explosion in Kingston, N.H., linked to gender-reveal party, police say," 22 Apr. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Front.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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


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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

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