Definition of front in English:

front

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘A statue remains unchanged whether you view it from the front, the back, or the side.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I like those kinds of views, where the front of something looks so large while the rest of it disappears into the background.’
    • ‘The eyes are located on the front of the head rather than the sides, giving them binocular vision.’
    • ‘Not even with the head tipped back off the front of the sofa.’
    • ‘Sometimes, I actually tore out the blank pages at the front of books to draw on.’
    • ‘One of them appeared on the front of a cereal box for saving a child from a rattlesnake.’
    • ‘His picture appeared on the front of almost every major newspaper in the country.’
    • ‘The green pages in the front of the book will be looked over by your counselor.’
    • ‘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 result is that an observer looking at the front of the object appears to see straight through it.’
    • ‘James's appearance on the front of the Daily Telegraph sports section last Saturday has drawn a lot of response.’
    • ‘Bill's face appears on a poster and on the front of a free newspaper in the latest campaign highlighting Post Office services.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now I'm in a balanced setup position, with the ball toward the front of my stance.’
      • ‘I play the ball toward the front of my stance, under my left eye, with the ball at the apex of the curve.’
      • ‘They quickly got up, and ran toward the front of the twenty meter long craft.’
      • ‘Mr. Malik took a step forward from his position at the front of the classroom.’
      • ‘My eyes found Gregory and Mikhail, who were sitting toward the front of the hall.’
      • ‘The ginger girl decides to get up before her and goes directly to the front of the bus.’
      • ‘I stood in front of the mirror and looked at myself for a moment.’
      • ‘She smiled back, nodded and turned to face the front of the classroom.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The chamber, originally roofed by a large capstone, now fallen, opened directly onto the front of the barrow.’
      • ‘She got out of her comfortable position and began to walk toward the front to order some food.’
      • ‘I heard a very loud smack and my eyes went directly to the front of the room.’
      • ‘We all began reluctantly and I ran up ahead to the front where Linda was leading the group.’
      • ‘Jesse turned his back to her so that he was facing the front of the classroom.’
      • ‘After flying into my neck, the roach flew off toward the front of the pool hall.’
      • ‘I reached the front of the crowd, desperate to stop him, then shifted slightly.’
      • ‘She glanced toward the front of the ship, where the large dragon sat in silence.’
      • ‘We positioned ourselves near the front of the stage, over on Captain's side for The Damned's performance.’
      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.’
      • ‘He taunted, and I merely stumbled back as I felt more blows upon my side, my front, and my back.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I rolled over, rubbed the back of my arm and settled back on to my front ready to doze back off.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3 The part of a garment covering a person's front.
      ‘porridge slopped from the tray on to his shirt front’
      • ‘Retro Shirts are made of 100% rayon gabardine with button-down fronts for years of comfort and durability.’
      • ‘Often featuring a snap front and drawstring waist, this jacket maybe lined or unlined.’
      • ‘She slid her arms into the jacket's sleeves and buttoned the front.’
      • ‘Back the garment fronts and back with tear-away stabilizer.’
      • ‘He held up a dark lime polo shirt with four blue buttons halfway down the front.’
      • ‘He put the glass down, picking up a napkin to wipe his front, his sleeve, and part of the log.’
      • ‘Modesty panels of chiffon, where none might have existed before were seen on bodice fronts.’
      • ‘Decide which sweater neckline you prefer and use it to cut the upper garment front.’
      • ‘Sewing straight across from left to right on a cap front can cause a cap to pucker at the seam.’
      • ‘Try something unexpected like a blouse with a frilled front or lace cuffs under a plain sweater or a tailored jacket.’
    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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Plans to keep the facade had to be dropped when the front of the building was found to be in poor condition.’
      • ‘The building fronts that occupy the left side of the street are another story, though.’
      • ‘Some buildings had wooden fronts, porches, and sidewalks; the streets were narrow, and buildings were densely concentrated.’
      • ‘The front of the building consists mostly of glass windows and a pair of double glass doors in the middle.’
      • ‘The front of the studio building used to be a drab slab of rundown Victorian brickwork.’
      • ‘He scanned the dark fronts of the low buildings.’
      • ‘This was partly achieved by extending the front of the old building where a new facade was created on Hatch Street.’
      • ‘Typical of London houses, the plain front concealed the elaborate interior that was needed for lavish entertaining.’
      • ‘The family would use the front door below the great portico on the west front.’
      • ‘The gable front, frame building has a single entrance and a small loft door.’
      • ‘We had opted not to pave the main street, and restored all of the traditional false fronts of the buildings in the 1970's.’
      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’
    • ‘About midafternoon, the warriors opened an attack on the left front of the army line.’
    • ‘There was little chance the Germans could keep Allied armies on two fronts at bay.’
    • ‘Both coaches should become partners and present a unified front regardless of personal views.’
    • ‘The allied forces even opened an eastern front through Eritrea and Ethiopia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He drove the enemy back at Verdun and protected the front while the French army was in disarray.’
    • ‘Similarly, the armies of other fronts had the fixed-site supply depots of military districts transferred to them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the first case, US forces were forced to fight on two fronts against powerful imperialist enemies in Germany and Japan.’
    • ‘A civil population on the move can be absolute havoc for a defending army trying to get its forces to the war front.’
    • ‘As the counteroffensive went on, the fronts and armies were gaining experience in repelling counterattacks of big enemy tank force groupings.’
    • ‘Communication trenches, which took the soldier from behind the front to the forward positions, were added and improved upon.’
    • ‘One was to deliver men and munitions to the front faster that the enemy could destroy them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's no way we could stretch our armed forces to a third front.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Masses of infantry and guns would then advance on a broad front to encircle the enemy and destroy him with fire.’
    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’
      • ‘Committing reserve fronts to battle was the prerogative of the SHC Hq.’
      • ‘Hitler was keen for victory here, since it would enable him to destroy two Russian fronts in one battle.’
      • ‘The armies and fronts were supposed to have several mobile obstacle construction detachments.’
      • ‘In many instances, the assigning of troops to reserve fronts called for drastically new methods of their commitment to battle and disposition.’
      • ‘Some other commanders of fronts and even armies are called commanders.’
    3. 2.3 A particular situation or sphere of operation.
      ‘there was some good news on the jobs front’
      • ‘You're doing a abysmally inadequate job on both fronts, I'm afraid.’
      • ‘Now I feel like I'm doing a great job on all fronts.’
      • ‘We have been focused mostly on the war lately, but there are interesting developments on other fronts.’
      • ‘What might be a counterweight to adverse developments on the external front?’
      • ‘He has also not done anything significant on the development front so as to showcase his achievements to the country.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's hard to believe they are so central but this part of the town has been neglected on the development front so far.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The political deterioration in relations with the Jews is complemented by developments on the religious front.’
      • ‘Aside from the financial issues, there is much work to be done on the operational front.’
      • ‘Developments on the pension front have dramatically altered the equilibrium in the workplace.’
      • ‘No news on the job front as I haven't even updated my resume let alone applied anywhere.’
      • ‘On the political front, the situation has been marked by total paralysis.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What do you think on the job front that we will be seeing, Congressman Brown?’
      • ‘With the debt situation appearing to be under some sort of control, the focus is once again firmly back on the operating 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.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, Taiwan is facing a precarious situation on the diplomatic front.’
    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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 3in singular An appearance or form of behaviour assumed by a person to conceal their genuine feelings.

    ‘she put on a brave front’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though she had put on a brave front, he could see her eyes on the verge of tears.’
    • ‘Mason was putting on a brave front, but his chattering teeth told us all we needed to know.’
    • ‘Paul followed her slowly, knowing deep down that she was just putting up a brave front.’
    • ‘Maybe he was putting up a brave front on the phone for me.’
    • ‘The couple and royal family somehow successfully managed to present a dignified front, whatever lay underneath.’
    • ‘You've been keeping up this false front for a ridiculously long time, Libbie.’
    • ‘Martin had used the NSA profile on him to present a calculated front of physical allure and verbal manipulation.’
    • ‘Amy seems uncomfortable under his gaze, but she finally puts up a brave front.’
    • ‘Some people can put up a front and pretend to be someone they are not.’
    • ‘She tried so hard, she did everything she could to put on a brave front, but she thought Mom was going to die.’
    • ‘Had he not been trying to keep a brave front, Damien may have quailed beneath the glare his leader.’
    • ‘Sporting a brave front, he put on his battle gear: a worn-out helmet, its straps in tatters.’
    • ‘Agatha was talking briskly enough but Tom sensed that she was putting on a brave front.’
    • ‘Afraid, but unwilling to show it, he put up a brave front for his granddaughter.’
    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’
      • ‘He wished that Koji Enterprises was still a paper business, not a front for organized crime.’
      • ‘In their minds, those people are nothing more than a front for organised crime.’
      • ‘The paramilitary organisations on both sides have long since been political fronts for gangsterism and racketeering.’
      • ‘Was Soviet government policy only a front for a clandestine personal policy pursued by Stalin?’
      • ‘There have been many press reports of Muslim civil and volunteer organizations being used as fronts for terrorist financing schemes.’
      • ‘She discovers that the magazine is a front for the organization, and decided to go undercover.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No one seems that upset that she used the Womans League as a front for her scams.’
      • ‘The court heard how the former school governor also used a face-painting business on Bridlington pier as a front for his activities.’
      • ‘His company, which legitimately produced a low level of budget films, was also a front for the illegal operation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 industry will become a front for drug use and drug pushing, and for child prostitution.’
      • ‘Some of the so-called fund buying is just a front for this more substantial buying.’
      • ‘Western intelligence agencies, they reasoned, had poured money into Ukrainian civil society groups that were then used as fronts to organize the insurrection.’
      • ‘There will be more drug abuse, and that industry will be a front for it.’
      • ‘It was a front for who knows what - these guys were selling drugs or something.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’

adjective

  • 1attributive Of or at the front.

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

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 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 proposal is for a house on the narrow strip of land fronting the A342 Rowde road near the Queen's Head.’
    • ‘The building faces south and fronts onto Palms Boulevard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the top of the page is the office block Sunley Tower, the town houses fronting the Northern Quarter and the Arndale Tower.’
    • ‘The Bradford Sunwin House store is available alongside neighbouring land fronting onto Thornton Road known as Southgate.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 building will front onto Quay Street at the bottom of the church grounds.’
    • ‘Under the original plan, London & Amsterdam would have designed and built the new venue fronting Ferensway itself.’
    • ‘The Jurys Ballsbridge site fronts onto a main road and office blocks.’
    • ‘Also, plans show four outparcels with 10,000-square-foot buildings fronting Roosevelt Boulevard.’
    • ‘Between this and the canal we discovered warehouses, mausolea and other buildings that fronted on to the road.’
    • ‘It was sent to the owner and/or occupier of the bus shelter fronting the Waggon and Horses in York's Lawrence Street.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A creamy sand beach fronts the hotel, complete with obligatory stands of coconut palms.’
    • ‘As it rained heavily outside his home fronting Tampa Bay, Lopez delved into the past.’
    • ‘While Maureen was fronting the campaigning, she collapsed with a heart attack and nearly died.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The 18-year-old volunteered to spend Saturday shut up on a window ledge at the Thomson travel agent shop fronting Devizes High Street.’
    • ‘She said the existing school buildings would make ‘an excellent neighbourhood scheme’, and objected to three-storey homes fronting North Cray Road.’
    • ‘The new building will front Bolton Road and around 70 extra parking spaces will be created near Malvern Grove.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The scallop-shaped meadow became Piazza del Campo, fronted by the Palazzo Pubblico, which stands proud on the lip.’
      • ‘It is fronted by a cobblelock driveway which provides off-street parking for two cars, as well as a small landscaped shrubbery.’
      • ‘I sat down heavily on a porch fronting one of the buildings lining main street.’
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Simon Howard showed a confident collection with angular and structured shapes formed in zip fronted jackets and flared trousers in stiff canvas materials.’
    • ‘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’
    • ‘Doherty fronts the Babyshambles, who he says won't stand for it if he slides back into drug abuse.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Love fronted a Beach Boys band, Jardine led something called the Beach Band, and lawyers made a nice living off all the bitter litigation.’
    • ‘Phil was an immensely talented singer and songwriter who fronted a band called the Knobs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But when I was fronting the band, I had to do all the talking.’
    • ‘The song has been covered by everyone from Nat King Cole to Dread Zeppelin, a 1990s rock band fronted by an Elvis impersonator.’
    • ‘Concurrently, Lowery is working on a solo album and on new Cracker material, and fronting a dual Camper / Cracker tour.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However their lead was reversed at 9pm when ITV overtook the corporation with an hour long special fronted by Sir Trevor McDonald.’
    • ‘I once described this band to someone as listening to the lead singer from Mindless Self Indulgence fronting The Cure.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her latest creation ‘Leanne’ is a digitally-generated pop star fronting an all girl band as synthetic as herself.’
    • ‘Theres another band that's fronted by a girl, but that's all the estrogen in this show.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rathnew full back Mark Coffey had a smashing first half, ably fronted all through by Stephen Byrne.’
    • ‘I went out for 10 days to do preview material and came back and fronted it in London, live.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Chris Evans, Davina McCall and Dermot O'Leary are fronting BBC Radio 2's extensive Live 8 coverage on 2 July.’
      • ‘Kelly Brook is a presenter who has fronted programmes on MTV.’
      • ‘Presenter Brian Morton, who fronts Radio Scotland's nightly arts programme, The Brian Morton Show, is to leave the station.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Inside Out returns to our screens this Monday, fronted by popular presenter Tessa Dunlop.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Look at our television down here - lots of our programmes are fronted by Scots.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Colin Murray will front the programme when it launches in January.’
      • ‘Steve Rider and Sue Barker will front the programme which has live action from the very first heats to the all important finals.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Its news service, Meridian Tonight, fronted by popular presenter Fred Dinenage attracts nearly half a million viewers each evening.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You end up with someone like Barnes fronting a prime-time programme like Football on Five.’
      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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These clowns are fronting for somebody or something else, they're too stupid to be pulling this off on their own.’
    • ‘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 even claimed he was fronting for BA, but the bank denied that allegation.’
    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 upAustralian NZ no object Make an appearance; turn up.

    ‘parents get a bit worried if you don't front up now and then’
    • ‘Of course that committee is acting under an instruction from the Prime Minister, and she ought to front up and answer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You get to front up the following week and try and turn things around.’
    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.

    • ‘The quoted event can be a linguistic utterance; moreover, as this example shows, the quoted element can be fronted.’
    • ‘Oddest of all, the fronted element is sometimes inserted between subject and predicate.’
    • ‘That has a fronted negative adjunct and inversion of the subject and auxiliary.’
    • ‘Verb second, or V2, languages are languages in which a finite verb or Aux is fronted to a second place in a root clause.’
    • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • 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’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘We also need helpers for backstage and front of house, publicity etc.’
        • ‘The organisation is looking for people in all areas, such as committee, back stage, front of house, costumes, make up, set painting, etc.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘To those also who gave freely of their time to assist in front of house and back stage.’
        • ‘All in all, a very creditable and happy show by everyone involved, the actors, musicians, front of house, tea persons and ticket sellers.’
        • ‘This includes directing, lighting, costume-making, choreography, front of house as well as performing on-stage.’
        • ‘The front-of-house staff kept trying to hurry the man, but he would not be rushed.’
  • 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?’
      • ‘The jet positions itself, in front, and slightly under the prop plane.’
      • ‘All, in my opinion, could have been avoided if people hadn't been driving up the bumper of the car in front.’
      • ‘She slumped to the ground and positioned her legs out in front to catch the sun.’
      • ‘On one side fields stretch out into blackness, but in front and to the right blaze thousands of halogen lamps.’
      • ‘Should a child run out in front, we can stop far quicker than any car.’
      • ‘The tank in front moved forward and engaged the convoy in the open area.’
      • ‘Once a shark is spotted, the boat is positioned well in front and the divemaster gets in the water.’
      • ‘The car pulled over in Long Street and the police car pulled in front.’
      • ‘So it is extremely hard to get close to the car in front, let alone pass it.’
      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’
        • ‘Chelsea will continue to set the pace in the Premiership, staying in front all the way to the finish.’
        • ‘Three points on the trot edged them in front as the game entered injury time.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Kendal had to work hard to stay in front in the second half but overall they were the dominant side and missed several chances.’
        • ‘Ted Kennedy was following up to send home the rebound and Wicklow were in front to stay.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘A goal by Enda Kenny put Kilmovee in front and this lead was never relinquished by them.’
        • ‘County, so fragile at times last season, are making the most of what they have, though, and stayed out in front yesterday.’
        • ‘This put Mount Sion a point in front, a lead they were not to surrender thereafter.’
        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.’
      • ‘He could not remember the colour of the van parked in front of the bogus police car.’
      • ‘He is posed, standing on his back legs, his two front paws pulled up in front of his chest.’
      • ‘The view over the golf course and the front lake in front of a wood was outstanding.’
      • ‘Maybe the horse is crossing his outside front leg behind his inside front instead of in front of it.’
      • ‘We rushed out to move our cars which were parked in the road in front of the house.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Christie frowned as she noticed a sleek black car parked in front of her house.’
      • ‘There's a nice bit of lawn in front of the hall, just right for kicking a ball about.’
      1. 1.1In a position facing someone or something.
        ‘she sat in front of the mirror’
        • ‘As the wind howled in the chimney, we sat on a sofa in front of a roaring fireplace.’
        • ‘If I sit in front of a computer screen long enough, I can actually churn out quite a lot of words.’
        • ‘They tend to sit in front of televisions and computer screens for hours on end.’
        • ‘Dr. Rob wades across to the stage and sits in front of it in cross-legged expectancy.’
        • ‘All my work is computer based and I spend the majority of my working day sitting in front of a screen.’
        • ‘I found that I liked to program sitting in front of a computer, not a piece of paper.’
        • ‘She sat down in front of the fireplace and held out her hands above the hearth.’
        • ‘Now I can just sit in front of the TV and knit away without too much thinking about it.’
        • ‘Maybe it shows that children who are sat in front of a TV for long periods tend to be overweight.’
        • ‘People sometimes look at her and think she sits in front of the TV and eats and eats.’
        facing, before
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    • 2In the presence of.

      ‘the teacher didn't want his authority challenged in front of the class’
      • ‘My parents cannot cope with the burden of humiliation in front of our relatives.’
      • ‘We were over the moon and quite humbled to win such a big award in front of 400 people.’
      • ‘I am sure my sister was very proud of me being disgusting in front of all these people in a town hall.’
      • ‘His debut in front of over 28,000 people is a long way from his humble roots in Senegal.’
      • ‘You are in front of 15,000 people and all of a sudden you are in a hotel room by yourself.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There was no family to act in front of, no camera to paste a smile for - so what was the point?’
      • ‘Take every opportunity you can to perform in front of others and develop your stage persona.’
      • ‘One of our guys rolled his oversize truck on a residential street in front of a visiting dignitary.’
      • ‘It was just me and him there, so there was no one to humiliate me in front of.’
      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’
      • ‘Sitting out front, and watching Kyle play brought back all the happy memories.’
      • ‘Of course, on the continent, a restaurant is only half a restaurant if it doesn't have seating out front.’
      • ‘A few people went swimming, a few played football out front, and a few watched TV.’
      • ‘There is city Bus stop out front, and seniors ride free.’
      • ‘They have also taken to stopping when she is out front to verbally abuse her and egg her on.’
      • ‘Think of it like this: You and I face each other in a front stance, each with our left leg out front.’
      • ‘She walked out into the main room and squinted out the window, watching a green truck park 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.’
      • ‘In no time, she was back out front, tossing everything into the back seat and climbing in.’
      • ‘Suddenly the wind hit, overtaking the chalet, shaking the wooden balcony out front, and swirling inside, filling the room.’
      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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

front

/frʌnt/