- 1 [countable, usually singular] (also the front) 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 shopfront, Y-Fronts™ See related entries: Parts of a house
- 2 the front [singular] the position that is in the direction that somebody/something is facing Keep your eyes to the front and walk straight ahead. There's a garden at the front of the house.
- 3 the front [singular] the part of something that is furthest 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). Which Word?in front of / in the front of In front of can mean the same as outside, but not opposite: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 opposite 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). chest
- 4 somebody’s front [singular] the part of somebody’s body that faces forwards; somebody’s chest She was lying on her front. I spilled coffee down my front. side of building
- 5[countable] the west, north, south, east, etc. front the side of a large building, especially a church, that faces west, north, etc. the west front of the cathedral See related entries: Historic buildings edge of sea/lake
- 6the front [singular] (British English) the road or area of land along the edge of the sea, a lake or a river Couples walked hand in hand along the front. see also seafront See related entries: Types of road in war
- 7[countable, usually singular] an area where fighting takes place during a war More British troops have been sent to the front. 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 area of activity
- 8[countable] a particular area of activity Things are looking unsettled on the economic front. Progress has been made on all fronts. hiding true feelings
- 9[singular] behaviour 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 prime minister stressed the need to present a united front (= show people that all members of the group have the same opinion about things). See related entries: Dishonest hiding something illegal
- 10[countable, usually singular] front (for something) a person or an organization that is used to hide an illegal or secret activity The travel company is just a front for drug trafficking. political organization
- 11Front [singular] used in the names of some political organizations the Animal Liberation Front see also popular front weather
- 12[countable] the line where a mass of cold air meets a mass of warm air a cold/warm front Word Origin Middle English (denoting the forehead): from Old French front (noun), fronter (verb), from Latin frons, front-
- 1 in a position that is further forward than somebody/something but not very far away Their house is the one with the big garden in front.
- 2 in first place in a race or competition The blue team is currently in front with a lead of six points.
- 1 in a position that is further forward than somebody/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 if you do something in front of somebody, you do it when they are there Please don't talk about it in front of the children.
- 3 in 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.
- 1in the part of a theatre, restaurant, etc. where the public sits There's only a small audience out front tonight. He cooked while she sat out front and waited tables.
- 2(also British English, informal out the front) in the area near to the entrance to a building I’ll wait for you out (the) front.
- 1as payment in advance We'll pay you half up front and the other half when you've finished the job.
- 2(in sports) in a forward position to play up front see also upfront
if you put on a piece of clothing back to front, you make a mistake and put the back where the front should be I think you've got that sweater on back to front. compare inside out in somebody’s presence; in front of somebody He had seen his life's work destroyed before his very eyes.
with immediate payment of cash to pay for something cash down (North American English) in or into the most important position The issue has moved front and center in his presidential campaign.