Definition of front in English:



  • 1The 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’
    • ‘Not even with the head tipped back off the front of the sofa.’
    • ‘His picture appeared on the front of almost every major newspaper in the country.’
    • ‘The result is that an observer looking at the front of the object appears to see straight through it.’
    • ‘One of them appeared on the front of a cereal box for saving a child from a rattlesnake.’
    • ‘Bill's face appears on a poster and on the front of a free newspaper in the latest campaign highlighting Post Office services.’
    • ‘Manuel, having pointed at the front of what I assumed was a children's book, had promised he would return to it later.’
    • ‘A thin layer of material is applied to the front of a tooth to improve its appearance.’
    • ‘The eyes are located on the front of the head rather than the sides, giving them binocular vision.’
    • ‘The evidence of a struggle was everywhere, an oak closet and chest of draws lay on their fronts, the back of the closet smashed in.’
    • ‘Sometimes, I actually tore out the blank pages at the front of books to draw on.’
    • ‘That excerpt is written on the front of the book, it really grabbed my attention and fired my imagination.’
    • ‘This item did not appear to be in the front of every Chinese-language newspaper.’
    • ‘I like those kinds of views, where the front of something looks so large while the rest of it disappears into the background.’
    • ‘The green pages in the front of the book will be looked over by your counselor.’
    • ‘James's appearance on the front of the Daily Telegraph sports section last Saturday has drawn a lot of response.’
    • ‘A statue remains unchanged whether you view it from the front, the back, or the side.’
    forepart, fore, foremost part, anterior, forefront, nose, head
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    1. 1.1in singular The position directly ahead of someone or something; the most forward position or place.
      ‘she quickly turned her head to face the front’
      • ‘The ginger girl decides to get up before her and goes directly to the front of the bus.’
      • ‘I heard a very loud smack and my eyes went directly to the front of the room.’
      • ‘Mr. Malik took a step forward from his position at the front of the classroom.’
      • ‘She glanced toward the front of the ship, where the large dragon sat in silence.’
      • ‘As I reached the front of the crowd a haunting hush fell over them.’
      • ‘Both of the boys jumped out onto the stage, and slid on their knees to the front of the stage.’
      • ‘They quickly got up, and ran toward the front of the twenty meter long craft.’
      • ‘She smiled back, nodded and turned to face the front of the classroom.’
      • ‘I reached the front of the crowd, desperate to stop him, then shifted slightly.’
      • ‘I stood in front of the mirror and looked at myself for a moment.’
      • ‘Jesse turned his back to her so that he was facing the front of the classroom.’
      • ‘We all began reluctantly and I ran up ahead to the front where Linda was leading the group.’
      • ‘We positioned ourselves near the front of the stage, over on Captain's side for The Damned's performance.’
      • ‘She got out of her comfortable position and began to walk toward the front to order some food.’
      • ‘I play the ball toward the front of my stance, under my left eye, with the ball at the apex of the curve.’
      • ‘After flying into my neck, the roach flew off toward the front of the pool hall.’
      • ‘The chamber, originally roofed by a large capstone, now fallen, opened directly onto the front of the barrow.’
      • ‘For the leader's speech they all positioned themselves at the front of the hall, and they all shook his hand as he made his way to the podium.’
      • ‘My eyes found Gregory and Mikhail, who were sitting toward the front of the hall.’
      • ‘Now I'm in a balanced setup position, with the ball toward the front of my stance.’
      forepart, fore, foremost part, anterior, forefront, nose, head
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    2. 1.2 The forward-facing part of a person's body, on the opposite side to their back.
      ‘she rolled over on to her front’
      • ‘Tom grabbed me around the waist and pulled the backside of my body against his front, and held me there.’
      • ‘I was hugged to his side, and while he was on his back, I was on my side facing him, my front moulded to the side of his body.’
      • ‘The spike slid along his side, creating a long bloodline on his body from the front to the side.’
      • ‘He was turning himself over from his front to his back at only six weeks, but then he forgot how to do that for a while.’
      • ‘He taunted, and I merely stumbled back as I felt more blows upon my side, my front, and my back.’
      • ‘I rolled over, rubbed the back of my arm and settled back on to my front ready to doze back off.’
    3. 1.3 The part of a garment covering a person's front.
      ‘porridge slopped from the tray on to his shirt front’
      • ‘He put the glass down, picking up a napkin to wipe his front, his sleeve, and part of the log.’
      • ‘Often featuring a snap front and drawstring waist, this jacket maybe lined or unlined.’
      • ‘He held up a dark lime polo shirt with four blue buttons halfway down the front.’
      • ‘Try something unexpected like a blouse with a frilled front or lace cuffs under a plain sweater or a tailored jacket.’
      • ‘Decide which sweater neckline you prefer and use it to cut the upper garment front.’
      • ‘She slid her arms into the jacket's sleeves and buttoned the front.’
      • ‘Retro Shirts are made of 100% rayon gabardine with button-down fronts for years of comfort and durability.’
      • ‘Modesty panels of chiffon, where none might have existed before were seen on bodice fronts.’
      • ‘Sewing straight across from left to right on a cap front can cause a cap to pucker at the seam.’
      • ‘Back the garment fronts and back with tear-away stabilizer.’
    4. 1.4informal A woman's bust or cleavage.
      ‘get your eyes off my front, meathead’
    5. 1.5 Any face of a building, especially that of the main entrance.
      ‘the west front of the Cathedral’
      • ‘The gable front, frame building has a single entrance and a small loft door.’
      • ‘Typical of London houses, the plain front concealed the elaborate interior that was needed for lavish entertaining.’
      • ‘This was partly achieved by extending the front of the old building where a new facade was created on Hatch Street.’
      • ‘Plans to keep the facade had to be dropped when the front of the building was found to be in poor condition.’
      • ‘We had opted not to pave the main street, and restored all of the traditional false fronts of the buildings in the 1970's.’
      • ‘He scanned the dark fronts of the low buildings.’
      • ‘In the East, in the West, in the South, as far as the eye reaches, a sea of houses, towers and buildings, an endlessness of roofs, chimneys and fronts.’
      • ‘Some buildings had wooden fronts, porches, and sidewalks; the streets were narrow, and buildings were densely concentrated.’
      • ‘The front of the studio building used to be a drab slab of rundown Victorian brickwork.’
      • ‘The family would use the front door below the great portico on the west front.’
      • ‘The building fronts that occupy the left side of the street are another story, though.’
      • ‘The front of the building consists mostly of glass windows and a pair of double glass doors in the middle.’
      • ‘The front of the building is glass, so the entire lobby is clearly visible from the street, and from within the Ritz Carlton.’
      • ‘The translucency of it is striking, something not usually perceived in marble counter tops or building fronts.’
      frontage, face, facing, facade
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    6. 1.6British
      short for seafront or waterfront
  • 2The 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’
    • ‘One was to deliver men and munitions to the front faster that the enemy could destroy them.’
    • ‘A civil population on the move can be absolute havoc for a defending army trying to get its forces to the war front.’
    • ‘In the first case, US forces were forced to fight on two fronts against powerful imperialist enemies in Germany and Japan.’
    • ‘There's no way we could stretch our armed forces to a third front.’
    • ‘Both coaches should become partners and present a unified front regardless of personal views.’
    • ‘On the eastern front in WW II enemy dead were disposed of without ceremony and enemy cemeteries desecrated.’
    • ‘By the end of July, the forces of the three fronts outflanked the Orel force grouping of the enemy in the north, east and south.’
    • ‘As the counteroffensive went on, the fronts and armies were gaining experience in repelling counterattacks of big enemy tank force groupings.’
    • ‘Similarly, the armies of other fronts had the fixed-site supply depots of military districts transferred to them.’
    • ‘Communication trenches, which took the soldier from behind the front to the forward positions, were added and improved upon.’
    • ‘There was little chance the Germans could keep Allied armies on two fronts at bay.’
    • ‘Masses of infantry and guns would then advance on a broad front to encircle the enemy and destroy him with fire.’
    • ‘The ravaging of the Palatinate at the start of the League of Augsburg war was intended to deny the area to enemy armies, limiting the number of fronts Louis's armies had to cover.’
    • ‘About midafternoon, the warriors opened an attack on the left front of the army line.’
    • ‘Kerensky cabled the front for additional armed forces but he hoped he would not have to use them.’
    • ‘In effect, this opened a second front in the war against the English empire.’
    • ‘The Third Infantry reached the front early that morning about five miles south of Hafar al-Batin.’
    • ‘The allied forces even opened an eastern front through Eritrea and Ethiopia.’
    • ‘He drove the enemy back at Verdun and protected the front while the French army was in disarray.’
    • ‘He worried Hitler would turn loose everything he had left in order to do as much damage as he could to the Allied armies on both fronts.’
    front line, vanguard, van, first line, firing line, battlefield, battleground, field of battle, combat zone
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    1. 2.1 The direction towards which a line of troops faces when formed.
    2. 2.2 A particular formation of troops for battle.
      ‘the Spartans preserving an even and unbroken front’
      • ‘Hitler was keen for victory here, since it would enable him to destroy two Russian fronts in one battle.’
      • ‘Some other commanders of fronts and even armies are called commanders.’
      • ‘Committing reserve fronts to battle was the prerogative of the SHC Hq.’
      • ‘In many instances, the assigning of troops to reserve fronts called for drastically new methods of their commitment to battle and disposition.’
      • ‘The armies and fronts were supposed to have several mobile obstacle construction detachments.’
    3. 2.3 A particular situation or sphere of operation.
      ‘there was some good news on the jobs front’
      • ‘He has also not done anything significant on the development front so as to showcase his achievements to the country.’
      • ‘What do you think on the job front that we will be seeing, Congressman Brown?’
      • ‘No news on the job front as I haven't even updated my resume let alone applied anywhere.’
      • ‘We have been focused mostly on the war lately, but there are interesting developments on other fronts.’
      • ‘The political deterioration in relations with the Jews is complemented by developments on the religious front.’
      • ‘With the debt situation appearing to be under some sort of control, the focus is once again firmly back on the operating front.’
      • ‘On the political front, the situation has been marked by total paralysis.’
      • ‘You're doing a abysmally inadequate job on both fronts, I'm afraid.’
      • ‘What might be a counterweight to adverse developments on the external front?’
      • ‘Religion was a vital and central part of social, moral and civic life, and religious debate was bound to be vigorous in this context of rapid and accelerating development on all fronts.’
      • ‘Developments on the pension front have dramatically altered the equilibrium in the workplace.’
      • ‘It was a winning situation on all fronts as Geraldine's fantastic physical fitness carried her through on the day, along with the loyal support and sponsorship from her friends.’
      • ‘Now I feel like I'm doing a great job on all fronts.’
      • ‘There are also parks and shops designed into the master plan, with some developments on both fronts already beginning.’
      • ‘As for my mum, she's really gone overboard on the death front, buying a job lot of ‘With Sympathy’ cards.’
      • ‘Aside from the financial issues, there is much work to be done on the operational front.’
      • ‘It's hard to believe they are so central but this part of the town has been neglected on the development front so far.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, Taiwan is facing a precarious situation on the diplomatic front.’
      • ‘While Bank of America has developed workarounds to integrate core systems, it has made progress on unifying operations on some fronts.’
      • ‘He said the plan set a blueprint and a target for delivery on the social, cultural and development fronts.’
    4. 2.4often in names An organized political group.
      ‘the National Progressive Patriotic Front’
      • ‘The political failure to create a national liberation front is the Achilles heel of the resistance.’
      political group, party, faction, organization, grouping, wing, lobby, camp
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    5. 2.5Meteorology The forward edge of an advancing mass of air.
      • ‘Convergence is where the movement of a front lifts a mass of air that is in its path.’
      • ‘The areas where these two masses of air meet are known as polar fronts.’
      • ‘Weak cold fronts usually bring nothing more than a band of low cloud and any precipitation from these fronts will be very weak indeed.’
      • ‘Heavy rains brought by the monsoon front are an important water source for the nation.’
      • ‘If the front moves across a surface with a warmer temperature than the lower parts of the air mass, then the front will become unstable.’
  • 3in singular An appearance or form of behaviour assumed by a person to conceal their genuine feelings.

    ‘she put on a brave front’
    • ‘Sporting a brave front, he put on his battle gear: a worn-out helmet, its straps in tatters.’
    • ‘She tried so hard, she did everything she could to put on a brave front, but she thought Mom was going to die.’
    • ‘We are scared and we are shaking and we are trying to put up a brave front, but we have no frame of reference for something like this.’
    • ‘Had he not been trying to keep a brave front, Damien may have quailed beneath the glare his leader.’
    • ‘Martin had used the NSA profile on him to present a calculated front of physical allure and verbal manipulation.’
    • ‘Afraid, but unwilling to show it, he put up a brave front for his granddaughter.’
    • ‘Agatha was talking briskly enough but Tom sensed that she was putting on a brave front.’
    • ‘Paul followed her slowly, knowing deep down that she was just putting up a brave front.’
    • ‘Some people can put up a front and pretend to be someone they are not.’
    • ‘Maybe he was putting up a brave front on the phone for me.’
    • ‘Though she had put on a brave front, he could see her eyes on the verge of tears.’
    • ‘The couple and royal family somehow successfully managed to present a dignified front, whatever lay underneath.’
    • ‘Amy seems uncomfortable under his gaze, but she finally puts up a brave front.’
    • ‘Mason was putting on a brave front, but his chattering teeth told us all we needed to know.’
    • ‘You've been keeping up this false front for a ridiculously long time, Libbie.’
    appearance, look, expression, face, manner, air, countenance, demeanour, bearing, posture, pose, mien, aspect, exterior, veneer, show, outward show, false display, act, pretence, affectation
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    1. 3.1 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’
      • ‘Western intelligence agencies, they reasoned, had poured money into Ukrainian civil society groups that were then used as fronts to organize the insurrection.’
      • ‘Some of the so-called fund buying is just a front for this more substantial buying.’
      • ‘Was Soviet government policy only a front for a clandestine personal policy pursued by Stalin?’
      • ‘His company, which legitimately produced a low level of budget films, was also a front for the illegal operation.’
      • ‘She discovers that the magazine is a front for the organization, and decided to go undercover.’
      • ‘The paramilitary organisations on both sides have long since been political fronts for gangsterism and racketeering.’
      • ‘Its one of the best wind-ups of all to suggest to an ultra-left group that they might be a front for some security service or other.’
      • ‘There will be more drug abuse, and that industry will be a front for it.’
      • ‘There have been many press reports of Muslim civil and volunteer organizations being used as fronts for terrorist financing schemes.’
      • ‘No one seems that upset that she used the Womans League as a front for her scams.’
      • ‘In their minds, those people are nothing more than a front for organised crime.’
      • ‘The businesses open under the guise of legitimate fronts but the main attraction and profits are a result of selling sex to visiting tourists.’
      • ‘The court heard how the former school governor also used a face-painting business on Bridlington pier as a front for his activities.’
      • ‘He wished that Koji Enterprises was still a paper business, not a front for organized crime.’
      • ‘The industry will become a front for drug use and drug pushing, and for child prostitution.’
      • ‘An allegation by President Bush that some non-governmental organisations are operating as terrorist fronts caused unease in humanitarian aid groups last night.’
      • ‘It was commonly believed that the vans were a front for drugs.’
      • ‘It was a front for who knows what - these guys were selling drugs or something.’
      • ‘The whole wizard thing is just a front for his illegal drug selling activities.’
      • ‘There will be more drug abuse; the industry will be a front for that and for child prostitution.’
      cover, cover-up, pretext, false front, blind, disguise, facade, mask, cloak, screen, smokescreen, camouflage
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  • 4mass noun Boldness and confidence of manner.

    ‘he's got a bit of talent and a lot of front’
    • ‘They seem to be natural born show-offs who've got lots of face and front, but often no talent.’
    self-confidence, boldness, forwardness, audacity, audaciousness, temerity, brazenness, presumption, presumptuousness
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  • 5archaic A person's face or forehead.

    ‘the mark of fool set on his front’


  • 1attributive Of or at the front.

    ‘the front cover of the magazine’
    ‘she was in the front garden’
    • ‘They walked out of the double front doors, and to Logan's car.’
    • ‘Eventually, though, the small front line will get exposed.’
    • ‘He pulled open the heavy front door and its loud squeak was shot through the house.’
    • ‘They have a new front row and they're capable of turning it on any time.’
    • ‘The animal must now be secured on a lead when it is in the front garden or in James Street.’
    • ‘The solution was found when Mick noticed the cast iron water meter cover in the front garden.’
    • ‘My whole front yard was covered by plants and vegetation.’
    • ‘So are you prepared to make some commitment that you are not going to be knocking down that front line?’
    • ‘The living room also features a bay window with views over the front lawn.’
    • ‘Before she could reply, the heavy front doors opened and closed.’
    • ‘My tree was getting a prime spot in our new front yard!’
    • ‘Bunny, who I had trusted to stay at my heels on our new front yard, followed me forwards.’
    • ‘This caused the living room to collapse into the cellar and left the front garden covered in rubble.’
    • ‘Murray had a big day and the whole front row produced some important hard yards.’
    • ‘She pushed open the heavy front doors and led her sister out into the hot sun.’
    • ‘I enjoyed your last letter, describing the way you repainted the front porch.’
    • ‘Though they share many dates, Russell never gets past Alice's front porch.’
    • ‘A white police tent yesterday covered the front garden of the house as forensic tests were carried out.’
    • ‘We had the very front middle seats and the dances were excellent.’
    • ‘She ran into her room, then outside and out onto the front lawn.’
    at the front, foremost
    leading, lead, first, foremost
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  • 2Phonetics
    attributive (of a vowel sound) formed by raising the tongue, excluding the blade and tip, towards the hard palate.

    • ‘I've got a girl's name when written down, but it's got a front vowel when pronounced.’


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

    ‘the flats which fronted Crow Road’
    no object ‘both properties fronted on to the beach’
    • ‘The scheme would include ground floor shops, including a food store, on land fronting Bury New Road and Stanley Road, meaning Roma's and the Church pub would be demolished.’
    • ‘Those two lots will each see one single-family residence fronting West Fifth street with a duplex built on the downward slope toward the rear of the property.’
    • ‘The Jurys Ballsbridge site fronts onto a main road and office blocks.’
    • ‘Under the original plan, London & Amsterdam would have designed and built the new venue fronting Ferensway itself.’
    • ‘The Bradford Sunwin House store is available alongside neighbouring land fronting onto Thornton Road known as Southgate.’
    • ‘Between this and the canal we discovered warehouses, mausolea and other buildings that fronted on to the road.’
    • ‘While Maureen was fronting the campaigning, she collapsed with a heart attack and nearly died.’
    • ‘Recommended for inclusion are parts of Cedar Avenue not at present in the zone, together with buildings fronting Rainsford Road up to Parkway, and the whole of the civic centre offices and theatre buildings.’
    • ‘The building faces south and fronts onto Palms Boulevard.’
    • ‘The building will front onto Quay Street at the bottom of the church grounds.’
    • ‘At the top of the page is the office block Sunley Tower, the town houses fronting the Northern Quarter and the Arndale Tower.’
    • ‘A creamy sand beach fronts the hotel, complete with obligatory stands of coconut palms.’
    • ‘The 18-year-old volunteered to spend Saturday shut up on a window ledge at the Thomson travel agent shop fronting Devizes High Street.’
    • ‘It was sent to the owner and/or occupier of the bus shelter fronting the Waggon and Horses in York's Lawrence Street.’
    • ‘The new building will front Bolton Road and around 70 extra parking spaces will be created near Malvern Grove.’
    • ‘Also, plans show four outparcels with 10,000-square-foot buildings fronting Roosevelt Boulevard.’
    • ‘She said the existing school buildings would make ‘an excellent neighbourhood scheme’, and objected to three-storey homes fronting North Cray Road.’
    • ‘As it rained heavily outside his home fronting Tampa Bay, Lopez delved into the past.’
    • ‘The proposal is for a house on the narrow strip of land fronting the A342 Rowde road near the Queen's Head.’
    • ‘However, we were told nearly four years ago that the military base at Cloghogue was to be removed but in fact the only structural removal at the base was a small outlying tin hut, which fronted on to the main road.’
    • ‘We have agreed to purchase from Westpac Bank the land fronting Bakewell Road which was formerly the British Gas depot and which now has outline planning approval for residential development.’
    overlook, look on to, look out on, look out over, look towards, face, face towards, lie opposite, lie opposite to
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    1. 1.1 Be or stand in front of.
      ‘they reached the hedge fronting the garden’
      • ‘I was delighted to see some beautiful butterflies on flowering shrubs in the gardens fronting a busy, air-polluted road in Penge.’
      • ‘An Easter opening is planned for the new visitor centre, which is built in the ruined shell of a 17th century seat of the Cholmley family and fronted by cobbled garden courts.’
      • ‘The main frontier comprises a stone foundation about 4.3m wide on which stood a turf bank up to 3m high, fronted by a berm and a ditch normally about 12m wide and 3m deep.’
      • ‘He dropped anchor in the bay that fronts San Sebastian, the island's capital, which stands on one of the few pieces of flat land.’
      • ‘Husband and wife walked till they had reached the house they were in search of, which stood in a terrace facing the sea, and was fronted by a small garden of windproof and salt-proof evergreens, stone steps leading up to the porch.’
      • ‘I sat down heavily on a porch fronting one of the buildings lining main street.’
      • ‘It is fronted by a cobblelock driveway which provides off-street parking for two cars, as well as a small landscaped shrubbery.’
      • ‘The scallop-shaped meadow became Piazza del Campo, fronted by the Palazzo Pubblico, which stands proud on the lip.’
  • 2Provide (something) with a front or facing of a particular type or material.

    ‘a metal box fronted by an alloy panel’
    ‘a glass-fronted bookcase’
    • ‘Simon Howard showed a confident collection with angular and structured shapes formed in zip fronted jackets and flared trousers in stiff canvas materials.’
    • ‘By contrast, a window box that caught my eye recently can only be described as a tone poem to understatement: a severe planting of box fronted by ivy grown in a swag - simple, effective and extremely low maintenance.’
    • ‘Tony Stone is also exhibiting an extremely rare matching set of four George III serpentine fronted knife boxes in flame mahogany with filigree silverwork.’
    • ‘Another soldier walks through, fingering the second-rate audio equipment fitted into the tackiest of green chipboard cabinets, fronted with shiny silver panels.’
  • 3Lead or be the most prominent member in (an organization, group, or activity)

    ‘the group is fronted by two girl singers’
    • ‘But when I was fronting the band, I had to do all the talking.’
    • ‘Concurrently, Lowery is working on a solo album and on new Cracker material, and fronting a dual Camper / Cracker tour.’
    • ‘Doherty fronts the Babyshambles, who he says won't stand for it if he slides back into drug abuse.’
    • ‘The new 14 piece line up is still fronted by three lead vocalists, Louise, Sandra and Sinead, backed by the famous Global Funk brass section, strings and 6 piece rhythm section.’
    • ‘All Mesnel's franchised stores - and as well as the UK and France, they are expanding into Australia, New Zealand, Spain and the Middle East - are fronted by a prominent local rugby player.’
    • ‘For example, when a friend who lives in England told me of a death metal band fronted by a parrot, I was inclined to suspect he was pulling my leg.’
    • ‘I once described this band to someone as listening to the lead singer from Mindless Self Indulgence fronting The Cure.’
    • ‘Love fronted a Beach Boys band, Jardine led something called the Beach Band, and lawyers made a nice living off all the bitter litigation.’
    • ‘Debbie, a biker of 15 years' experience, fronts a group of more than 50 members which look to defend biker interests and comment on any new government legislation.’
    • ‘Having fronted the band generally credited with inventing heavy metal, Ozzy should have been a lock for a solo deal, but initially found no takers.’
    • ‘Her latest creation ‘Leanne’ is a digitally-generated pop star fronting an all girl band as synthetic as herself.’
    • ‘The song has been covered by everyone from Nat King Cole to Dread Zeppelin, a 1990s rock band fronted by an Elvis impersonator.’
    • ‘Phil was an immensely talented singer and songwriter who fronted a band called the Knobs.’
    • ‘I went out for 10 days to do preview material and came back and fronted it in London, live.’
    • ‘Theres another band that's fronted by a girl, but that's all the estrogen in this show.’
    • ‘Now Susie, a former singer in the Paper Dolls group in the 60s and ex-radio presenter, is working again and determined to reach the target of the appeal, fronted by Kirsty.’
    • ‘New executive chairman Simon Burke, who fronted the group of private investors that made up the Select consortium, took over the reins yesterday.’
    • ‘I fronted blues bands and did other people's material.’
    • ‘However their lead was reversed at 9pm when ITV overtook the corporation with an hour long special fronted by Sir Trevor McDonald.’
    • ‘Rathnew full back Mark Coffey had a smashing first half, ably fronted all through by Stephen Byrne.’
    lead, head, be the driving force behind
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    1. 3.1 Present or host (a television or radio programme)
      ‘she is set to front a new BBC show’
      • ‘Kelly Brook is a presenter who has fronted programmes on MTV.’
      • ‘Garrity disbanded the original group in 1969 and concentrated on solo work, fronting the 1970s TV series Little Big Time and was much in demand for pantomime and cabaret appearances.’
      • ‘Inside Out returns to our screens this Monday, fronted by popular presenter Tessa Dunlop.’
      • ‘The role of news anchor is perhaps the most iconic in US TV, its grand status stemming from the days of the legendary Cronkite, who, as the undisputed star of television news, fronted the CBS programme for decades.’
      • ‘Steve Rider and Sue Barker will front the programme which has live action from the very first heats to the all important finals.’
      • ‘Studio presenters fronting the BBC's main coverage are Steve Rider, John Inverdale, Jill Douglas and Craig Doyle, with regular studio guests Jonathan Davies and Jeremy Guscott.’
      • ‘On 6 July 2005, the BBC launches a radio amnesty in aid of African nations - fronted by presenter Nick Knowles - in which listeners can receive discounts on DAB radios.’
      • ‘McRedmond admits that even with No Frontiers presenter Kathryn Thomas fronting its television campaign, Eircom has a job on its hands to accelerate the process.’
      • ‘BBC Four covers the festival for the first time with a special programme fronted by Sony award-winning radio DJ Mark Radcliffe and acclaimed folk artist Eliza Carthy.’
      • ‘He has most recently been fronting the programme's late bulletins.’
      • ‘Tonight's programmes will be fronted by Dale Winton and guests include Ronan Keating, Claudia Winkleman and US comedian and actor, Denis Leary.’
      • ‘Its news service, Meridian Tonight, fronted by popular presenter Fred Dinenage attracts nearly half a million viewers each evening.’
      • ‘Each episode will be fronted by one of the main presenters and brought to viewers from a different city or venue around the country every week.’
      • ‘Colin Murray will front the programme when it launches in January.’
      • ‘Look at our television down here - lots of our programmes are fronted by Scots.’
      • ‘Philippa is no stranger to presenting on television, having fronted Tomorrow's World, Heaven and Earth, Crufts, Robot Wars and a host of other programmes.’
      • ‘Presenter Brian Morton, who fronts Radio Scotland's nightly arts programme, The Brian Morton Show, is to leave the station.’
      • ‘You end up with someone like Barnes fronting a prime-time programme like Football on Five.’
      • ‘Chris Evans, Davina McCall and Dermot O'Leary are fronting BBC Radio 2's extensive Live 8 coverage on 2 July.’
      • ‘Graham's used to fronting his own television programme and has had audiences in stitches with his live stand-up, but can he cut it live on BBC ONE, or will he be just a little bit scared?’
      present, introduce, compère, anchor, announce, be the presenter of
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  • 4no object Act as a front or cover for illegal or secret activity.

    ‘he fronted for them in illegal property deals’
    • ‘Yep, the same bloke who fronted for James Hardie and conned the NSW Government into running dead on the Hardie lurk in avoiding its asbestos claims in 2001, is a News representative.’
    • ‘It was a dingy bar that fronted for a whore house.’
    • ‘He fronted for them by taking their cheques, depositing them and then writing personal checks that he gave to Encounter, an anti-communist liberal literary publication.’
    • ‘He even claimed he was fronting for BA, but the bank denied that allegation.’
    • ‘These clowns are fronting for somebody or something else, they're too stupid to be pulling this off on their own.’
    1. 4.1US informal Adopt a particular expression or form of behaviour to conceal one's genuine feelings.
      ‘I can't front, I never really listened to much of his music’
  • 5often front upNZ Australian no object Make an appearance; turn up.

    ‘parents get a bit worried if you don't front up now and then’
    • ‘One of the protestors donned a chicken suit after Lloyd declined repeated requests to front up to community meetings.’
    • ‘If I am employing somebody, then I would expect him or her to front up, and to rectify anything that is not up to par.’
    • ‘Of course that committee is acting under an instruction from the Prime Minister, and she ought to front up and answer.’
    • ‘You get to front up the following week and try and turn things around.’
    • ‘I am prepared to front up to any of my farmers to listen to them, to talk to them, and to debate the issue because it is worth having that debate.’
    1. 5.1archaic with object Stand face to face with; confront.
      ‘Tom fronted him with unwavering eyes’
  • 6Phonetics
    Articulate (a vowel sound) with the tongue further forward.

    ‘the three velar consonants are normally fronted to some degree’
    ‘the fronting of /au/ was completed a couple of generations ago’
    • ‘In the affected dialects, this vowel is raised and fronted in the pre-voiceless cases.’
  • 7Linguistics
    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.

    • ‘First, the example is one in which the preferred form of the sentence ended in two prepositions, the second with an object and the first without, and he fronted both of them.’
    • ‘That has a fronted negative adjunct and inversion of the subject and auxiliary.’
    • ‘Oddest of all, the fronted element is sometimes inserted between subject and predicate.’
    • ‘Verb second, or V2, languages are languages in which a finite verb or Aux is fronted to a second place in a root clause.’
    • ‘The quoted event can be a linguistic utterance; moreover, as this example shows, the quoted element can be fronted.’


  • front of house

    • 1The parts of a theatre in front of the proscenium arch.

      ‘new seating will be installed and the front of house will be improved’
      • ‘At the front of house, the bars would be improved and behind the scenes, the dressing rooms would be refurbished.’
      • ‘Now the council is requesting a more modest £5m split between both sources which it will match in order to complete a badly needed upgrade of the front of house and backstage areas.’
      • ‘At last wheelchair users can access the auditorium, with a lift installed in the front of house.’
      1. 1.1The business of a theatre that concerns the audience, such as ticket sales.
        ‘she runs front of house with maternal amiability’
        as modifier ‘a front-of-house manager’
        • ‘The members are all involved in staging a play from building the set, organising props, lighting, costumes and front of house, as well as acting and directing.’
        • ‘This includes directing, lighting, costume-making, choreography, front of house as well as performing on-stage.’
        • ‘It is well known for getting people involved in its ventures, whether through holding workshops, helping with set building or working the front of house.’
        • ‘The organisation is looking for people in all areas, such as committee, back stage, front of house, costumes, make up, set painting, etc.’
        • ‘We also need helpers for backstage and front of house, publicity etc.’
        • ‘All in all, a very creditable and happy show by everyone involved, the actors, musicians, front of house, tea persons and ticket sellers.’
        • ‘The front-of-house staff kept trying to hurry the man, but he would not be rushed.’
        • ‘As with the youth project, Phase II is designed to give a true taste of professional theatre and all its disciplines, including backstage and front of house.’
        • ‘As with all success there is the unseen background work and all involved are indebted for the support network which took charge of front of house, back stage, prompting, stage management, ticket booking office, raffle et.’
        • ‘To those also who gave freely of their time to assist in front of house and back stage.’
  • in front

    • 1In a position just ahead of or further forward than someone or something else.

      ‘the car in front stopped suddenly’
      • ‘Looking back on it now, do you think that you could still have been in front and had pole position if you'd had those extra two laps of fuel in the car?’
      • ‘On one side fields stretch out into blackness, but in front and to the right blaze thousands of halogen lamps.’
      • ‘The tank in front moved forward and engaged the convoy in the open area.’
      • ‘The car pulled over in Long Street and the police car pulled in front.’
      • ‘She slumped to the ground and positioned her legs out in front to catch the sun.’
      • ‘All, in my opinion, could have been avoided if people hadn't been driving up the bumper of the car in front.’
      • ‘Should a child run out in front, we can stop far quicker than any car.’
      • ‘The jet positions itself, in front, and slightly under the prop plane.’
      • ‘So it is extremely hard to get close to the car in front, let alone pass it.’
      • ‘Once a shark is spotted, the boat is positioned well in front and the divemaster gets in the water.’
      ahead, to the fore, at the fore, at the head, up ahead, at twelve o'clock, in the vanguard, in the van, in the lead, leading, coming first
      ahead of, before, preceding
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      1. 1.1In the lead in a game or contest.
        ‘United went back in front thanks to a penalty’
        • ‘As the recounting went on into a holiday weekend, Bush remained in front with an unofficial lead of just 675 votes.’
        • ‘The Popstars girls are out in front early lead in the fight for the Christmas number one, early music industry figures showed.’
        • ‘We've not always been in front in games, we've lost goals, but we've shown a bit of grit and determination to come back.’
        • ‘This put Mount Sion a point in front, a lead they were not to surrender thereafter.’
        • ‘County, so fragile at times last season, are making the most of what they have, though, and stayed out in front yesterday.’
        • ‘A goal by Enda Kenny put Kilmovee in front and this lead was never relinquished by them.’
        • ‘Ted Kennedy was following up to send home the rebound and Wicklow were in front to stay.’
        • ‘Three points on the trot edged them in front as the game entered injury time.’
        • ‘Chelsea will continue to set the pace in the Premiership, staying in front all the way to the finish.’
        • ‘Kendal had to work hard to stay in front in the second half but overall they were the dominant side and missed several chances.’
        leading position, leading place, first place, advance position, van, vanguard
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    • 2On the part or side that normally first presents itself to view.

      ‘a house with a wide porch in front’
      • ‘First thing we spot in Taree is the bike shop where my bike is and lo and behold, there's a car in front.’
      • ‘In the medieval period there was a wide ditch in front crossed by a drawbridge.’
  • in front of

    • 1In a position just ahead or at the front part of someone or something else.

      ‘the lawn in front of the house’
      • ‘This would allow residents to use the areas in front of their houses for parking.’
      • ‘Christie frowned as she noticed a sleek black car parked in front of her house.’
      • ‘He is posed, standing on his back legs, his two front paws pulled up in front of his chest.’
      • ‘We rushed out to move our cars which were parked in the road in front of the house.’
      • ‘Maybe the horse is crossing his outside front leg behind his inside front instead of in front of it.’
      • ‘There's a nice bit of lawn in front of the hall, just right for kicking a ball about.’
      • ‘He could not remember the colour of the van parked in front of the bogus police car.’
      • ‘The view over the golf course and the front lake in front of a wood was outstanding.’
      • ‘There was just enough of a gap to zip into the lane beside me and get back in front of the truck ahead.’
      • ‘I'd close my eyes and imagine a camper van parked in front of the house and then one day it was there.’
      1. 1.1In a position facing someone or something.
        ‘she sat in front of the mirror’
        • ‘If I sit in front of a computer screen long enough, I can actually churn out quite a lot of words.’
        • ‘As the wind howled in the chimney, we sat on a sofa in front of a roaring fireplace.’
        • ‘Dr. Rob wades across to the stage and sits in front of it in cross-legged expectancy.’
        • ‘Now I can just sit in front of the TV and knit away without too much thinking about it.’
        • ‘People sometimes look at her and think she sits in front of the TV and eats and eats.’
        • ‘They tend to sit in front of televisions and computer screens for hours on end.’
        • ‘Maybe it shows that children who are sat in front of a TV for long periods tend to be overweight.’
        • ‘All my work is computer based and I spend the majority of my working day sitting in front of a screen.’
        • ‘She sat down in front of the fireplace and held out her hands above the hearth.’
        • ‘I found that I liked to program sitting in front of a computer, not a piece of paper.’
        facing, before
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    • 2In the presence of.

      ‘the teacher didn't want his authority challenged in front of the class’
      • ‘His debut in front of over 28,000 people is a long way from his humble roots in Senegal.’
      • ‘We were over the moon and quite humbled to win such a big award in front of 400 people.’
      • ‘You are in front of 15,000 people and all of a sudden you are in a hotel room by yourself.’
      • ‘I am sure my sister was very proud of me being disgusting in front of all these people in a town hall.’
      • ‘There was no family to act in front of, no camera to paste a smile for - so what was the point?’
      • ‘One of our guys rolled his oversize truck on a residential street in front of a visiting dignitary.’
      • ‘My parents cannot cope with the burden of humiliation in front of our relatives.’
      • ‘Even if it's in front of three people I feel I've had a great gig if I was able to do my best.’
      • ‘It was just me and him there, so there was no one to humiliate me in front of.’
      • ‘Take every opportunity you can to perform in front of others and develop your stage persona.’
      in the presence of, before, before the very eyes of, in the sight of, under the nose of
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  • out front

    • 1At or to the front; in front.

      ‘two station wagons stopped out front’
      • ‘The two are standing in front of an alley way right out front of he hotel when three people attack Adam from behind.’
      • ‘Think of it like this: You and I face each other in a front stance, each with our left leg out front.’
      • ‘There is city Bus stop out front, and seniors ride free.’
      • ‘Of course, on the continent, a restaurant is only half a restaurant if it doesn't have seating out front.’
      • ‘Suddenly the wind hit, overtaking the chalet, shaking the wooden balcony out front, and swirling inside, filling the room.’
      • ‘In no time, she was back out front, tossing everything into the back seat and climbing in.’
      • ‘A few people went swimming, a few played football out front, and a few watched TV.’
      • ‘They have also taken to stopping when she is out front to verbally abuse her and egg her on.’
      • ‘Sitting out front, and watching Kyle play brought back all the happy memories.’
      • ‘She walked out into the main room and squinted out the window, watching a green truck park out front.’
      1. 1.1In the auditorium of a theatre.
        ‘when Kieran did a soundcheck, I'd find a seat out front to watch’
        • ‘The time for the concert to start approached and he asked Rebecca if she had intended to sit back stage or out front.’


Middle English (denoting the forehead): from Old French front (noun), fronter (verb), from Latin frons, front- ‘forehead, front’.