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front

noun  /frʌnt/ us  

front noun (PLACE)

[C] the most forward position or most important side of an object or surface: The front of the house faces Peach Street. My little boy can’t eat ice cream without most of it dripping down the front of his shirt. You’ll find the date of publication in the front of the book. I like to sit near the front of the plane so that I can be among the first to get off. Do you want me to lie on my front (= the side of my body that faces forward) or on my back? Would you like me to sit in the front (= most forward seat) or the back of the car? Dad pushed Matthew in the stroller while David and Stephen walked in front (= farther forward than the others) . [C] in a position close to the most forward or most important part: They chatted for a while in front of the apartment house. in front of Someone who is in front of someone else is in a position directly forward of that person: Carla and Bob were sitting in front of me at the movie.

front noun (AREA OF ACTIVITY)

[C usually sing] a particular area of activity: Now let’s take a look at news on the health front. I’m not having much luck on the job front. [C usually sing] During a war, a front is a particular place of directed military activity.

front noun (APPEARANCE)

[U] an appearance that a person chooses to show to others instead of showing his or her true feelings: Even though he doesn’t like his in-laws, he always puts on a cheerful front when they come to visit. [U] A front can also be a person, group, or thing used to hide the real character of a secret or illegal activity: The society was a front for making illegal political contributions.

front noun (WEATHER)

earth science [C] the advancing edge of a mass of cold or warm air: a cold/warm front

front noun (POLITICAL GROUP)

[C usually sing] an organization of political groups united to put forward ideas or programs that they share: The Animal Liberation Front promised to continue targeting the company until all animal testing stops.

front

verb [I/T]  /frʌnt/ us  

front verb [I/T] (PLACE)

to face or be next to something: [I/T] Houses fronting (on) the ocean are the most expensive.

front

adjective [not gradable]  /frʌnt/ us  

front adjective [not gradable] (PLACE)

in or at the front of something: I’d like seats in the front row of the balcony. Alice designed the front cover of the book. I always go in through the front door instead of going around to the back.
(Definition of front from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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