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  1. front
    IPA[frənt]
  2. noun

    • 1. the side or part of an object that presents itself to view or that is normally seen or used first; the most forward part of something:

      a page at the front of the book had been torn out he sealed the envelope and wrote on the front
      Synonym : forepart, fore, foremost part, anterior, forefront, nose, head, bow, prow, foreground, nearest part, closest part, sharp end, fore-end
    • 2. the position directly ahead of someone or something; the most forward position or place:

      she quickly turned her head to face the front
      Synonym : forepart, fore, foremost part, anterior, forefront, nose, head, bow, prow, foreground, nearest part, closest part, sharp end, fore-end
    • 3. the forward-facing part of a person's body, on the opposite side to their back:

      she rolled over onto her front
    • 4. the part of a garment covering a person's front:

      oatmeal slopped from the tray onto his shirt front
    • 5. a woman's bust or cleavage:

      get your eyes off my front, meathead
    • 6. any face of a building, especially that of the main entrance:

      the west front of the Cathedral
    • 7. short for seafront or waterfront

    • 8. the foremost line or part of an armed force; the furthest position that an army has reached and where the enemy is or may be engaged:

      his regiment was immediately sent to the front
      Synonym : front line, vanguard, van, first line, firing line, battlefield, battleground, field of battle, combat zone, trenches, lists
    • 9. the direction toward which a line of troops faces when formed.

    • 10. a particular formation of troops for battle:

      the Spartans preserving an even and unbroken front
    • 11. a particular situation or sphere of operation:

      there was some good news on the jobs front
    • 12. an organized political group:

      the Palestinian Liberation Front
    • 13. the forward edge of an advancing mass of air.

    • 14. an appearance or form of behavior assumed by a person to conceal their genuine feelings:

      she put on a brave front
    • 15. a person or organization serving as a cover for subversive or illegal activities:

      the CIA identified the company as a front for a terrorist group
      Synonym : cover, cover-up, pretext, false front, blind, disguise, facade, mask, cloak, screen, smokescreen, camouflage
    • 16. a well-known or prestigious person who acts as a representative, rather than an active member, of an organization.

    • 17. boldness and confidence of manner:

      he's got a bit of talent and a lot of front
      Synonym : self-confidence, boldness, forwardness, audacity, audaciousness, temerity, brazenness, presumption, presumptuousness, rashness, daring, cockiness, pushiness, nerve, face, neck, brass neck, assumption
    • 18. a person's face or forehead.

    adjective

    • 1. of or at the front:

      the front cover of the magazine she was in the front yard
      Synonym : at the front, foremost, leading, lead, first, foremost, in first place
    • 2. (of a vowel sound) formed by raising the tongue, excluding the blade and tip, toward the hard palate.

    verb

    • 1. (of a building or piece of land) have the front facing or directed toward:

      the houses that front Beacon Street we sold the uphill land that fronted on the road
    • 2. be or stand in front of:

      they reached the hedge fronting the garden
    • 3. provide (something) with a front or facing of a particular type or material:

      a metal box fronted by an alloy panel a glass-fronted bookcase
    • 4. lead or be the most prominent member in (an organization, activity, or group of musicians):

      the group is fronted by two girl singers
    • 5. present or host (a television or radio program):

      she is set to front a new BBC show
    • 6. act as a front or cover for someone or something acting illegally or wishing to conceal something:

      he fronted for them in illegal property deals
    • 7. adopt a particular expression or form of behavior to conceal one's genuine feelings:

      I can't front, I never really listened to much of his music
    • 8. stand face to face with; confront:

      Tom fronted him with unwavering eyes
    • 9. articulate (a vowel sound) with the tongue further forward:

      all speakers use raised and fronted variants more in spontaneous speech
    • 10. place (a sentence element) at the beginning of a sentence instead of in its usual position, typically for emphasis or as a feature of some dialects, as in horrible it was.

    exclamation

    • 1. used to summon someone to the front or to command them to assume a forward-facing position, as in calling a bellhop to the front desk or giving orders to troops on parade:

      scouts, front and center!
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: front, plural noun: fronts

    • v.: verb: front, 3rd person present: fronts, gerund or present participle: fronting, past tense: fronted, past participle: fronted

    • noun

      the side or part of an object that presents itself to view or that is normally seen or used first; the most forward part of something:

      the position directly ahead of someone or something; the most forward position or place:

    • adjective

      of or at the front:

      (of a vowel sound) formed by raising the tongue, excluding the blade and tip, towards the hard palate.

    • verb

      (of a building or piece of land) have the front facing or directed towards:

      be or stand in front of:

    • noun

      the front of a car or other vehicle.

      the part of a radio or television receiver to which the aerial signal goes first.

    • adjective

      (of money) paid or charged at the beginning of a transaction:

      relating to or denoting the part of a computer system or application with which the user interacts directly:

    • adjective

      ahead in a race or other competition.

      (of an athlete or horse) running best when in front of the field.

    • noun

      the practice by market makers of dealing on advance information provided by their brokers and investment analysts, before their clients have been given the information.

      the practice of giving one's support to a competitor because they are in front.

    • at or near the front

      in advance

    • noun

      appearing on the first page of a newspaper or similar publication and containing important or remarkable news:

      worthy of being printed on the first page of a newspaper, etc.:

    • verb

      print (a story) on the first page of a newspaper, etc.:
    • in a position just ahead of or further forward than someone or something else

      in the lead in a game or contest

    • noun

      the military line or part of an army that is closest to the enemy:

      the most important or influential position in a debate or movement:

    • noun

      the part of a basketball court where each team tries to score against its opponent.

      the players on a team who usually play closest to the other team's basket when trying to score.

    • noun

      the contestant that is leading in a race or other competition:

      an athlete or horse that runs best when in the front of the field.

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