Definition of in front of in English:

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’
    • ‘He could not remember the colour of the van parked in front of the bogus police car.’
    • ‘There's a nice bit of lawn in front of the hall, just right for kicking a ball about.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was just enough of a gap to zip into the lane beside me and get back in front of the truck ahead.’
    • ‘Maybe the horse is crossing his outside front leg behind his inside front instead of in front of it.’
    • ‘The view over the golf course and the front lake in front of a wood was outstanding.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This would allow residents to use the areas in front of their houses for parking.’
    1. 1.1 In a position facing someone or something.
      ‘she sat in front of the mirror’
      • ‘Dr. Rob wades across to the stage and sits in front of it in cross-legged expectancy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now I can just sit in front of the TV and knit away without too much thinking about it.’
      • ‘As the wind howled in the chimney, we sat on a sofa in front of a roaring fireplace.’
      • ‘I found that I liked to program sitting in front of a computer, not a piece of paper.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If I sit in front of a computer screen long enough, I can actually churn out quite a lot of words.’
      facing, before
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  • 2In the presence of.

    ‘the teacher didn't want his authority challenged in front of the class’
    • ‘It was just me and him there, so there was no one to humiliate me in front of.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Take every opportunity you can to perform in front of others and develop your stage persona.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His debut in front of over 28,000 people is a long way from his humble roots in Senegal.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was no family to act in front of, no camera to paste a smile for - so what was the point?’
    • ‘We were over the moon and quite humbled to win such a big award in front of 400 people.’
    in the presence of, before, before the very eyes of, in the sight of, under the nose of
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