Definition of front verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//frʌnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//frʌnt//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they front
    BrE BrE//frʌnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//frʌnt//
    he / she / it fronts
    BrE BrE//frʌnts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//frʌnts//
    past simple fronted
    BrE BrE//ˈfrʌntɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrʌntɪd//
    past participle fronted
    BrE BrE//ˈfrʌntɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrʌntɪd//
    -ing form fronting
    BrE BrE//ˈfrʌntɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfrʌntɪŋ//
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    face something
  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to face something or be in front of something; to have the front pointing towards something front something The cathedral fronts the city's main square. front onto something The line of houses fronted straight onto the road.
  2. cover front
  3. 2[transitive, usually passive] front something to have the front covered with something a glass-fronted bookcase
  4. lead group
  5. 3[transitive] front something to lead or represent an organization, a group, etc. He fronts a multinational company. A former art student fronted the band (= was the main singer). The band is fronted by former art student, Jim Oliver.
  6. present TV programme
  7. 4[transitive] front something (especially British English) to present a television programme, a show, etc. The former footballer will front a new television sports quiz.
  8. grammar
  9. 5 [transitive] front something (linguistics) to give more importance to a part of a sentence by placing it at or near the beginning of the sentence, as in ‘That I would like to see.’
  10. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting the forehead): from Old French front (noun), fronter (verb), from Latin frons, front- ‘forehead, front’. Phrasal Verbsfront for somebody
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: front