\ 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

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 She was followed by junior Ya Jhaira Reid and sophomore Dajanay Bailey, and when freshman Eve Clark got the baton for the anchor leg, the Panthers were slightly in front. Joe Magill, cleveland, 10 June 2021 However, the rebound kicked out in front and Zajac grabbed it and put it in at 8:52 for his first goal this postseason. Vin A. Cherwoo, Star Tribune, 9 June 2021 The lead market of the Netherlands remains way out in front with €63.5 million. Kevin Rozario, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Or, if George backs it out, the Jazz showed good ability to stay in front. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 June 2021 When Diego Lainez put Mexico back in front in the 79th minute, a minute after coming off the bench, Weston McKennie needed just four minutes to pull the U.S. even again. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2021 In front, each motor makes 268 horsepower, and the rear gets two 671-hp motors. Ben Oliver, Car and Driver, 7 June 2021 And then the air-conditioning collapsed, defeated by the late-spring humidity: the people packed inside and facing the musicians in front were not merely perspiring but in many cases gasping for water, or relief. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 7 June 2021 The Red Dragons surged in front in the seventh inning, 8-7, on a two-run home run by Mat Bruno to left-center field. Baltimore Sun Staff,, 7 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Chrissie Hynde left Akron in 1973 and eventually went on to front the Pretenders. Hanif Abdurraqib, New York Times, 26 May 2021 First came Irving’s own Trevor Story after ’21 to play shortstop, then Jesuit’s Josh Bell for first base and Mansfield Legacy’s Noah Syndergaard to front the rotation. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 30 Mar. 2021 To increase their chance of being selected, miners need to front a stake in the relevant cryptocurrency as collateral, which is then forfeited if their computations are fraudulent or wrong. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 16 May 2021 Two buildings with masonry facades would front Summit Streets and the rest would be located toward the middle of the property, Latinovic said. Gloria Casas,, 7 May 2021 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, 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, 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, 25 Mar. 2021 Banks front the payment, take a cut and collect what’s due from the company down the road. Duncan Mavin, WSJ, 13 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Arizona began its first COVID-19 vaccinations for health care workers, long-term care facilities and front-line first responders in mid-December. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, 11 June 2021 Roughly six million doses will go to partners and regional priorities such as Mexico, Canada, South Korea, the West Bank and Gaza, and United Nations front-line workers. Sabrina Siddiqui, WSJ, 11 June 2021 The experience leads to her reflect on the often underreported assaults on front-line medical workers and her own healing and growth as a physician. Heather John Fogarty, Los Angeles Times, 11 June 2021 For context, the Navy spent $20 billion in 2021 buying 10 front-line vessels. David Axe, Forbes, 11 June 2021 Sales are on track to hit $1 billion this year, fueled by increasing demand for front-line titles and hefty big-box-store orders. Billboard, 8 June 2021 The display honors people currently serving in the military and veterans, but this year also included recognition for first responders and front-line workers during the pandemic. Kimberly Fornek,, 8 June 2021 The aim is to prioritize vaccinations of front-line health care workers and pool a supply of vaccines. Radhika Chalasani, ABC News, 8 June 2021 In fact, while other front-line workers do face risks, health care workers spend all their days with patients with this disease. Time, 4 June 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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13 Jun 2021

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“Front.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 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


\ 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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