American English

Definition of front noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    forward part/position
  1. 1the front [countable, usually singular] the part or side of something that faces forward; the side of something that you look at first The front of the building was covered with ivy. The book has a picture of Rome on the front. The front of the car was badly damaged. see also storefront
  2. 2the front [singular] the position that is in the direction that someone or something is facing Keep your eyes to the front and walk straight ahead. There's a big yard at the front of the house.
  3. 3the front [singular] the part of something that is farthest forward I prefer to travel in the front of the car (= next to the driver). The teacher made me move my seat to the front of the classroom. Write your name in the front of the book (= the first few pages).
  4. chest
  5. 4someone's front [singular] the part of someone's body that faces forward; someone's chest She was lying on her front. I spilled coffee down my front.
  6. in war
  7. 5[countable, usually singular] an area where fighting takes place during a war More troops were sent to the front last month. to serve at the front fighting a war on two fronts Reports from the battle fronts became briefer and vaguer. see also front line, home front
  8. area of activity
  9. 6[countable] a particular area of activity Things are looking unsettled on the economic front. Progress has been made on all fronts.
  10. hiding true feelings
  11. 7[singular] behavior that is not genuine, done in order to hide your true feelings or opinions Rudeness is just a front for her shyness. It's not always easy to put on a brave front for the family. The senator stressed the need to present a united front (= show people that all members of the group have the same opinion about things).
  12. hiding something illegal
  13. 8[countable, usually singular] front (for something) a person or an organization that is used to hide an illegal or secret activity The travel agency is just a front for drug trafficking.
  14. political organization
  15. 9Front [singular] used in the names of some political organizations the Animal Liberation Front see also popular front
  16. weather
  17. 10[countable] the line where a mass of cold air meets a mass of warm air a cold/warm front
  18. Which Word?in front of / in the front of In front of can mean the same as outside, but not across from:I’ll meet you in front of/outside your hotel. There’s a bus stop in front of the house on the same side of the road. There’s a bus stop across the street from the house on the other side of the road. In/at the front (of something) means “in the most forward part of something”:The driver sits at the front of the bus. Put the shortest flowers in the front (of the bunch).Idioms
    cash up front
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    with immediate payment of cash to pay for something cash up front
    front and center
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    in or into the most important position The issue has moved front and center in his presidential campaign.
      in front adverb
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    1. 1in a position that is further forward than someone or something but not very far away Their house is the one with the big oak tree in front.
    2. 2in first place in a race or competition The blue team is currently in front with a lead of six points.
      in front of preposition
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    1. 1in a position that is further forward than someone or something but not very far away The car in front of me stopped suddenly and I had to brake. The bus stops right in front of our house. He was standing in front of me in the line. She spends all day sitting in front of (= working at) her computer. She is now entitled to put “Professor” in front of her name.
    2. 2if you do something in front of someone, you do it when they are there Please don't talk about it in front of the children.
    3. 3in front of somebody (of time) still to come; not yet passed Don't give up. You still have your whole life in front of you.
    lead from the front
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    to take an active part in what you are telling or persuading others to do
    1. 1in the part of a theater, restaurant, etc. where the public sits There's only a small audience out front tonight. He cooked while she worked out front waiting on tables.
    2. 2in the area near to the entrance to a building I'll wait for you out front.
      up front (informal)
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    1. 1as payment in advance We'll pay you half up front and the other half when you're finished with the job.
    2. 2(in sports) in a forward position to play up front see also upfront
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: front