\ 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)

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On the mask front, though, consider Hanacure’s take on an at-home facial crafted to brighten, lift, smooth, and even complexion in 30 minutes. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 17 May 2022 On the personnel front, several Pacers players saw their impact decline on the defensive end this past season. Tony East, Forbes, 17 May 2022 On the injury front, Heat starting point guard Kyle Lowry has been in and out of the lineup this postseason because of a hamstring issue. Globe Staff,, 16 May 2022 As the ride got underway, one passenger in the front of Burgess’ car started yelling. Shanzeh Ahmad, Chicago Tribune, 16 May 2022 If your washer doesn’t drain completely, as with many front-loading washers, also clean the filter area. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 Rain and storms could pop up anywhere today, but the best chances will be in south Alabama ahead of the front. Leigh Morgan, al, 16 May 2022 The front of the property features a motor court with 40-foot palm trees and room for 30 cars. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 On the diplomatic front, both Finland and Sweden took steps bringing them closer to NATO membership despite Russian objections. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 16 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Other companies will even front renters the first month’s rent, but look out for high interest rates in the fine print. Will Parker, WSJ, 13 May 2022 What motivated Celano to front for the Outfit is murkier. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Prominent female advocates against harassment, discrimination and violence against women have joined forces to front a new campaign on the eve of International Women's Day. Alicia Vrajlal,, 6 Mar. 2022 After the vehicles have been transported to Kolkata, in West Bengal, teams depart for Darjeeling and into the foothills that front the roof of the world. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 13 Feb. 2022 Tom Holland has teamed with the luxury fashion house to front the campaign for its Spring/Summer 2022 menswear collection from designers Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Jan. 2022 Yale New Haven Health will front the cost of the expansion by funding lab supplies and equipment, additional nursing faculty and scholarships for students. Eliza Fawcett,, 31 Mar. 2022 Smoove will front One Course with JB Smoove, Presented by Caesars Sportsbook, which is set to debut on the regional sports network Feb. 25 at 11 PM. Alex Weprin, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Feb. 2022 Players unable to front that kind of money didn’t have to wait long before gaining more affordable access to A.I.-based strategies. New York Times, 18 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective So, if a company desires increments from its existing customers, the best way to do so is to put excellent customer service staff on the front lines. Yec, Forbes, 20 May 2022 And the bulk of two key formula ingredients — high-oleic sunflower and safflower oil — is stuck behind the front lines in Ukraine. Sonja Sharpstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 The Ukrainian military granted access to Washington Post journalists at a forward base about 25 miles from the front lines on the condition that its exact location not be identified. Fredrick Kunkle, Washington Post, 18 May 2022 There are also many communities on the front lines of this disaster who are already dealing with acute trauma from climate events and other forms of systemic oppression and marginalization that have a psychological toll attached to them. Antonia Mufarech, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 May 2022 In Avdiivka, right on the front lines, the lone remaining surgeon and the hospital medical director described spending months in the emergency room, never leaving except for quick dashes to the grocery store amid shelling. New York Times, 18 May 2022 Last week, leaders of Southeast Asian nations—countries on the front lines of the U.S.-China tussle for influence—trooped to the White House for a summit with Mr. Biden. Ken Thomas And Alex Leary, WSJ, 18 May 2022 Of course, there is little to indicate that a space remains for these films, with cinema being such a significant part of the cultural ecosystem and long identified as one of the front lines of any ideology. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 18 May 2022 Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov welcomed the heavy weapons making their way to the front lines but said there is no quick end to the war in sight. Arkansas Online, 14 May 2022 See More

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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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“Front.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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\ 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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