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front

noun [C usually singular] (PLACE)    /frʌnt/
A2 the part of a building, object, or person's body that faces forward or is most often seen or used: The front of the museum is very impressive. He spilled soup all down his front. He was lying on his front. The shop front occupies a very prominent position on the main street.Surfaces of objectsEdges and extremities of objects A2 the part of a vehicle that is nearest to its direction of movement: Do you want to sit in the front (= next to the driver)? If we sit near the front of the bus, we'll have a better view.Edges and extremities of objectsSurfaces of objectsVehicles in general the outside part or cover of a book, newspaper, or magazine: There was a picture of the Trevi fountain on the front of the book.Books and parts of books one of the first pages in a book: There's an inscription in the front of the book.Books and parts of books in front B1 further forward than someone or something else: The car in front suddenly stopped and I went into the back of it. She started talking to the man in front of her.Ahead, in front and beyondDescribing the leading position winning a game or competition: By half time the Italians were well in front.Winning and defeatingScoring, winning and losing in sport in front of A2 close to the front part of something: There's parking space in front of the hotel.Ahead, in front and beyond A2 where someone can see or hear you: Please don't swear in front of the children.PresentAvailable and accessibleUnavailable and inaccessible up front If you give someone an amount of money up front, you pay that person before they do something for you: He wants all the money up front or he won't do the job.Before, after and alreadyAfter and behindPaying and spending money Grammar:In front ofThe prepositional expression in front of means ‘close to the front of something or someone’. It is the opposite of behind:See moreGrammar:Opposite or in front of?Opposite as a preposition means ‘in a position facing someone or something but on the other side’:See more
(Definition of front noun (PLACE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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