Definition of front in US 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’
    • ‘One of them appeared on the front of a cereal box for saving a child from a rattlesnake.’
    • ‘The eyes are located on the front of the head rather than the sides, giving them binocular vision.’
    • ‘Bill's face appears on a poster and on the front of a free newspaper in the latest campaign highlighting Post Office services.’
    • ‘A statue remains unchanged whether you view it from the front, the back, or the side.’
    • ‘That excerpt is written on the front of the book, it really grabbed my attention and fired my imagination.’
    • ‘I like those kinds of views, where the front of something looks so large while the rest of it disappears into the background.’
    • ‘Manuel, having pointed at the front of what I assumed was a children's book, had promised he would return to it later.’
    • ‘The result is that an observer looking at the front of the object appears to see straight through it.’
    • ‘The green pages in the front of the book will be looked over by your counselor.’
    • ‘This item did not appear to be in the front of every Chinese-language newspaper.’
    • ‘James's appearance on the front of the Daily Telegraph sports section last Saturday has drawn a lot of response.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A thin layer of material is applied to the front of a tooth to improve its appearance.’
    • ‘His picture appeared on the front of almost every major newspaper in the country.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘They quickly got up, and ran toward the front of the twenty meter long craft.’
      • ‘I heard a very loud smack and my eyes went directly to the front of the room.’
      • ‘She smiled back, nodded and turned to face the front of the classroom.’
      • ‘The chamber, originally roofed by a large capstone, now fallen, opened directly onto the front of the barrow.’
      • ‘After flying into my neck, the roach flew off toward the front of the pool hall.’
      • ‘She got out of her comfortable position and began to walk toward the front to order some food.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We positioned ourselves near the front of the stage, over on Captain's side for The Damned's performance.’
      • ‘Both of the boys jumped out onto the stage, and slid on their knees to the front of the stage.’
      • ‘We all began reluctantly and I ran up ahead to the front where Linda was leading the group.’
      • ‘Now I'm in a balanced setup position, with the ball toward the front of my stance.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jesse turned his back to her so that he was facing the front of the classroom.’
      • ‘I play the ball toward the front of my stance, under my left eye, with the ball at the apex of the curve.’
      • ‘As I reached the front of the crowd a haunting hush fell over them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Mr. Malik took a step forward from his position at the front of the classroom.’
      • ‘I stood in front of the mirror and looked at myself for a moment.’
      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.
      • ‘The spike slid along his side, creating a long bloodline on his body from the front to the side.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Tom grabbed me around the waist and pulled the backside of my body against his front, and held me there.’
    3. 1.3 The part of a garment covering a person's front.
      ‘oatmeal slopped from the tray onto his shirt front’
      • ‘Back the garment fronts and back with tear-away stabilizer.’
      • ‘Retro Shirts are made of 100% rayon gabardine with button-down fronts for years of comfort and durability.’
      • ‘Try something unexpected like a blouse with a frilled front or lace cuffs under a plain sweater or a tailored jacket.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Sewing straight across from left to right on a cap front can cause a cap to pucker at the seam.’
      • ‘He put the glass down, picking up a napkin to wipe his front, his sleeve, and part of the log.’
      • ‘He held up a dark lime polo shirt with four blue buttons halfway down the front.’
    4. 1.4informal A woman's bust or cleavage.
    5. 1.5 Any face of a building, especially that of the main entrance.
      ‘the west front of the Cathedral’
      • ‘Plans to keep the facade had to be dropped when the front of the building was found to be in poor condition.’
      • ‘The front of the building consists mostly of glass windows and a pair of double glass doors in the middle.’
      • ‘The translucency of it is striking, something not usually perceived in marble counter tops or building fronts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some buildings had wooden fronts, porches, and sidewalks; the streets were narrow, and buildings were densely concentrated.’
      • ‘The gable front, frame building has a single entrance and a small loft door.’
      • ‘The front of the building is glass, so the entire lobby is clearly visible from the street, and from within the Ritz Carlton.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Typical of London houses, the plain front concealed the elaborate interior that was needed for lavish entertaining.’
      • ‘He scanned the dark fronts of the low buildings.’
      • ‘We had opted not to pave the main street, and restored all of the traditional false fronts of the buildings in the 1970's.’
      • ‘The building fronts that occupy the left side of the street are another story, though.’
      • ‘This was partly achieved by extending the front of the old building where a new facade was created on Hatch Street.’
      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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The allied forces even opened an eastern front through Eritrea and Ethiopia.’
    • ‘Masses of infantry and guns would then advance on a broad front to encircle the enemy and destroy him with fire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘About midafternoon, the warriors opened an attack on the left front of the army line.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both coaches should become partners and present a unified front regardless of personal views.’
    • ‘In the first case, US forces were forced to fight on two fronts against powerful imperialist enemies in Germany and Japan.’
    • ‘In effect, this opened a second front in the war against the English empire.’
    • ‘One was to deliver men and munitions to the front faster that the enemy could destroy them.’
    • ‘He drove the enemy back at Verdun and protected the front while the French army was in disarray.’
    • ‘There's no way we could stretch our armed forces to a third front.’
    • ‘The Third Infantry reached the front early that morning about five miles south of Hafar al-Batin.’
    • ‘On the eastern front in WW II enemy dead were disposed of without ceremony and enemy cemeteries desecrated.’
    • ‘Communication trenches, which took the soldier from behind the front to the forward positions, were added and improved upon.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Kerensky cabled the front for additional armed forces but he hoped he would not have to use them.’
    • ‘Similarly, the armies of other fronts had the fixed-site supply depots of military districts transferred to them.’
    • ‘There was little chance the Germans could keep Allied armies on two fronts at bay.’
    front line, vanguard, van, first line, firing line, battlefield, battleground, field of battle, combat zone
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    1. 2.1 The direction toward which a line of troops faces when formed.
    2. 2.2 A particular formation of troops for battle.
      • ‘The armies and fronts were supposed to have several mobile obstacle construction detachments.’
      • ‘Hitler was keen for victory here, since it would enable him to destroy two Russian fronts in one battle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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’
      • ‘While Bank of America has developed workarounds to integrate core systems, it has made progress on unifying operations on some fronts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What might be a counterweight to adverse developments on the external front?’
      • ‘Now I feel like I'm doing a great job on all fronts.’
      • ‘What do you think on the job front that we will be seeing, Congressman Brown?’
      • ‘It's hard to believe they are so central but this part of the town has been neglected on the development front so far.’
      • ‘With the debt situation appearing to be under some sort of control, the focus is once again firmly back on the operating front.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, Taiwan is facing a precarious situation on the diplomatic front.’
      • ‘The political deterioration in relations with the Jews is complemented by developments on the religious front.’
      • ‘On the political front, the situation has been marked by total paralysis.’
      • ‘He has also not done anything significant on the development front so as to showcase his achievements to the country.’
      • ‘We have been focused mostly on the war lately, but there are interesting developments on other fronts.’
      • ‘As for my mum, she's really gone overboard on the death front, buying a job lot of ‘With Sympathy’ cards.’
      • ‘No news on the job front as I haven't even updated my resume let alone applied anywhere.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said the plan set a blueprint and a target for delivery on the social, cultural and development fronts.’
      • ‘There are also parks and shops designed into the master plan, with some developments on both fronts already beginning.’
      • ‘You're doing a abysmally inadequate job on both fronts, I'm afraid.’
      • ‘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.’
    4. 2.4often in names An organized political group.
      ‘the Palestinian Liberation 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 behavior assumed by a person to conceal their genuine feelings.

    ‘she put on a brave front’
    • ‘Mason was putting on a brave front, but his chattering teeth told us all we needed to know.’
    • ‘She tried so hard, she did everything she could to put on a brave front, but she thought Mom was going to die.’
    • ‘Martin had used the NSA profile on him to present a calculated front of physical allure and verbal manipulation.’
    • ‘Some people can put up a front and pretend to be someone they are not.’
    • ‘Amy seems uncomfortable under his gaze, but she finally puts up a brave front.’
    • ‘Maybe he was putting up a brave front on the phone for me.’
    • ‘Afraid, but unwilling to show it, he put up a brave front for his granddaughter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The couple and royal family somehow successfully managed to present a dignified front, whatever lay underneath.’
    • ‘Paul followed her slowly, knowing deep down that she was just putting up a brave front.’
    • ‘You've been keeping up this false front for a ridiculously long time, Libbie.’
    • ‘Though she had put on a brave front, he could see her eyes on the verge of tears.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘She discovers that the magazine is a front for the organization, and decided to go undercover.’
      • ‘The businesses open under the guise of legitimate fronts but the main attraction and profits are a result of selling sex to visiting tourists.’
      • ‘Western intelligence agencies, they reasoned, had poured money into Ukrainian civil society groups that were then used as fronts to organize the insurrection.’
      • ‘The industry will become a front for drug use and drug pushing, and for child prostitution.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was a front for who knows what - these guys were selling drugs or something.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An allegation by President Bush that some non-governmental organisations are operating as terrorist fronts caused unease in humanitarian aid groups last night.’
      • ‘The paramilitary organisations on both sides have long since been political fronts for gangsterism and racketeering.’
      • ‘In their minds, those people are nothing more than a front for organised crime.’
      • ‘He wished that Koji Enterprises was still a paper business, not a front for organized crime.’
      • ‘There have been many press reports of Muslim civil and volunteer organizations being used as fronts for terrorist financing schemes.’
      • ‘The court heard how the former school governor also used a face-painting business on Bridlington pier as a front for his activities.’
      • ‘Was Soviet government policy only a front for a clandestine personal policy pursued by Stalin?’
      • ‘Some of the so-called fund buying is just a front for this more substantial buying.’
      • ‘There will be more drug abuse; the industry will be a front for that and for child prostitution.’
      • ‘No one seems that upset that she used the Womans League as a front for her scams.’
      • ‘There will be more drug abuse, and that industry will be a front for it.’
      • ‘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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    2. 3.2 A well-known or prestigious person who acts as a representative, rather than an active member, of an organization.
      See also frontman
  • 4Boldness 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.


  • 1Of or at the front.

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

    ‘the houses that front Beacon Street’
    no object ‘we sold the uphill land that fronted on the road’
    • ‘Under the original plan, London & Amsterdam would have designed and built the new venue fronting Ferensway itself.’
    • ‘While Maureen was fronting the campaigning, she collapsed with a heart attack and nearly died.’
    • ‘A creamy sand beach fronts the hotel, complete with obligatory stands of coconut palms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was sent to the owner and/or occupier of the bus shelter fronting the Waggon and Horses in York's Lawrence Street.’
    • ‘At the top of the page is the office block Sunley Tower, the town houses fronting the Northern Quarter and the Arndale Tower.’
    • ‘The new building will front Bolton Road and around 70 extra parking spaces will be created near Malvern Grove.’
    • ‘The building will front onto Quay Street at the bottom of the church grounds.’
    • ‘The Jurys Ballsbridge site fronts onto a main road and office blocks.’
    • ‘The 18-year-old volunteered to spend Saturday shut up on a window ledge at the Thomson travel agent shop fronting Devizes High 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.’
    • ‘Between this and the canal we discovered warehouses, mausolea and other buildings that fronted on to the road.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also, plans show four outparcels with 10,000-square-foot buildings fronting Roosevelt Boulevard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 Bradford Sunwin House store is available alongside neighbouring land fronting onto Thornton Road known as Southgate.’
    • ‘She said the existing school buildings would make ‘an excellent neighbourhood scheme’, and objected to three-storey homes fronting North Cray Road.’
    • ‘The building faces south and fronts onto Palms Boulevard.’
    • ‘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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The scallop-shaped meadow became Piazza del Campo, fronted by the Palazzo Pubblico, which stands proud on the lip.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is fronted by a cobblelock driveway which provides off-street parking for two cars, as well as a small landscaped shrubbery.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was delighted to see some beautiful butterflies on flowering shrubs in the gardens fronting a busy, air-polluted road in Penge.’
  • 2Provide (something) with a front or facing of a particular type or material.

    ‘a metal box fronted by an alloy panel’
    as adjective, in combination ‘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.’
    • ‘Another soldier walks through, fingering the second-rate audio equipment fitted into the tackiest of green chipboard cabinets, fronted with shiny silver panels.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 3Lead or be the most prominent member in (an organization, activity, or group of musicians)

    ‘the group is fronted by two girl singers’
    • ‘I once described this band to someone as listening to the lead singer from Mindless Self Indulgence fronting The Cure.’
    • ‘The song has been covered by everyone from Nat King Cole to Dread Zeppelin, a 1990s rock band fronted by an Elvis impersonator.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I went out for 10 days to do preview material and came back and fronted it in London, live.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I fronted blues bands and did other people's material.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Doherty fronts the Babyshambles, who he says won't stand for it if he slides back into drug abuse.’
    • ‘Theres another band that's fronted by a girl, but that's all the estrogen in this show.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Love fronted a Beach Boys band, Jardine led something called the Beach Band, and lawyers made a nice living off all the bitter litigation.’
    • ‘Rathnew full back Mark Coffey had a smashing first half, ably fronted all through by Stephen Byrne.’
    • ‘However their lead was reversed at 9pm when ITV overtook the corporation with an hour long special fronted by Sir Trevor McDonald.’
    • ‘Concurrently, Lowery is working on a solo album and on new Cracker material, and fronting a dual Camper / Cracker tour.’
    • ‘But when I was fronting the band, I had to do all the talking.’
    • ‘New executive chairman Simon Burke, who fronted the group of private investors that made up the Select consortium, took over the reins yesterday.’
    lead, head, be the driving force behind
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    1. 3.1 Present or host (a television or radio program).
      • ‘Its news service, Meridian Tonight, fronted by popular presenter Fred Dinenage attracts nearly half a million viewers each evening.’
      • ‘He has most recently been fronting the programme's late bulletins.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Presenter Brian Morton, who fronts Radio Scotland's nightly arts programme, The Brian Morton Show, is to leave the station.’
      • ‘Steve Rider and Sue Barker will front the programme which has live action from the very first heats to the all important finals.’
      • ‘Kelly Brook is a presenter who has fronted programmes on MTV.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Inside Out returns to our screens this Monday, fronted by popular presenter Tessa Dunlop.’
      • ‘You end up with someone like Barnes fronting a prime-time programme like Football on Five.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Look at our television down here - lots of our programmes are fronted by Scots.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Colin Murray will front the programme when it launches in January.’
      • ‘Chris Evans, Davina McCall and Dermot O'Leary are fronting BBC Radio 2's extensive Live 8 coverage on 2 July.’
      • ‘Tonight's programmes will be fronted by Dale Winton and guests include Ronan Keating, Claudia Winkleman and US comedian and actor, Denis Leary.’
      present, introduce, compère, anchor, announce, be the presenter of
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  • 4no object Act as a front or cover for someone or something acting illegally or wishing to conceal something.

    ‘he fronted for them in illegal property deals’
    • ‘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 behavior to conceal one's genuine feelings.
      ‘I can't front, I never really listened to much of his music’
  • 5Australian NZ archaic Stand face to face with; confront.

    ‘Tom fronted him with unwavering eyes’
  • 6Phonetics
    Articulate (a vowel sound) with the tongue further forward.

    ‘all speakers use raised and fronted variants more in spontaneous speech’
    • ‘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.

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


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

    ‘scouts, front and center!’


  • in front

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

      ‘the car in front stopped suddenly’
      • ‘The tank in front moved forward and engaged the convoy in the open area.’
      • ‘Should a child run out in front, we can stop far quicker than any car.’
      • ‘So it is extremely hard to get close to the car in front, let alone pass it.’
      • ‘On one side fields stretch out into blackness, but in front and to the right blaze thousands of halogen lamps.’
      • ‘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 car pulled over in Long Street and the police car pulled in front.’
      • ‘Once a shark is spotted, the boat is positioned well in front and the divemaster gets in the water.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.
        ‘the Reds were in front until the eighth inning’
        • ‘Kendal had to work hard to stay in front in the second half but overall they were the dominant side and missed several chances.’
        • ‘Chelsea will continue to set the pace in the Premiership, staying in front all the way to the finish.’
        • ‘As the recounting went on into a holiday weekend, Bush remained in front with an unofficial lead of just 675 votes.’
        • ‘County, so fragile at times last season, are making the most of what they have, though, and stayed out in front yesterday.’
        • ‘Ted Kennedy was following up to send home the rebound and Wicklow were in front to stay.’
        • ‘The Popstars girls are out in front early lead in the fight for the Christmas number one, early music industry figures showed.’
        • ‘A goal by Enda Kenny put Kilmovee in front and this lead was never relinquished by them.’
        • ‘Three points on the trot edged them in front as the game entered injury time.’
        • ‘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.’
        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’
      • ‘There was just enough of a gap to zip into the lane beside me and get back in front of the truck ahead.’
      • ‘This would allow residents to use the areas in front of their houses for parking.’
      • ‘He is posed, standing on his back legs, his two front paws pulled up in front of his chest.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The view over the golf course and the front lake in front of a wood was outstanding.’
      • ‘He could not remember the colour of the van parked in front of the bogus police car.’
      • ‘We rushed out to move our cars which were parked in the road in front of the house.’
      1. 1.1In a position facing someone or something.
        ‘she sat in front of the mirror’
        • ‘They tend to sit in front of televisions and computer screens for hours on end.’
        • ‘All my work is computer based and I spend the majority of my working day sitting in front of a screen.’
        • ‘Dr. Rob wades across to the stage and sits in front of it in cross-legged expectancy.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Now I can just sit in front of the TV and knit away without too much thinking about it.’
        facing, before
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    • 2In the presence of.

      ‘the teacher didn't want his authority challenged in front of the class’
      • ‘You are in front of 15,000 people and all of a sudden you are in a hotel room by yourself.’
      • ‘It was just me and him there, so there was no one to humiliate me in front of.’
      • ‘I am sure my sister was very proud of me being disgusting in front of all these people in a town hall.’
      • ‘My parents cannot cope with the burden of humiliation in front of our relatives.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.’
      • ‘Think of it like this: You and I face each other in a front stance, each with our left leg out front.’
      • ‘They have also taken to stopping when she is out front to verbally abuse her and egg her on.’
      • ‘A few people went swimming, a few played football out front, and a few watched TV.’
      • ‘The two are standing in front of an alley way right out front of he hotel when three people attack Adam from behind.’
      • ‘Suddenly the wind hit, overtaking the chalet, shaking the wooden balcony out front, and swirling inside, filling the room.’
      • ‘She walked out into the main room and squinted out the window, watching a green truck park out front.’
      • ‘In no time, she was back out front, tossing everything into the back seat and climbing in.’
      • ‘There is city Bus stop out front, and seniors ride free.’
      1. 1.1In the auditorium of a theater.
        • ‘The time for the concert to start approached and he asked Rebecca if she had intended to sit back stage or out front.’
  • up front

    • 1At or near the front.

      ‘the floor plan has an open living area up front’
    • 2In advance.

      ‘every fee must be paid up front’
      • ‘You still need to do some initial modeling up front, it's just that you want to do it in an effective and agile manner.’
    • 3Open and direct; frank.

      ‘I vowed to be up front with her’


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