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front

noun [C usually singular] uk   /frʌnt/ us  

front noun [C usually singular] (PLACE)

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.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. 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. one of the first pages in a book: There's an inscription in the front of the book.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. winning a game or competition: By half time the Italians were well in front.in front of A2 close to the front part of something: There's parking space in front of the hotel. A2 where someone can see or hear you: Please don't swear in front of the children.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.
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front noun [C usually singular] (AREA OF ACTIVITY)

a particular area of activity: How are things on the work front? (= Is the situation at work satisfactory?) She's very creative on the design front (= she is very good at design).

front noun [C usually singular] (APPEARANCE)

[C usually singular] the character or qualities that a person or organization appears to have in public that are different from their real character or qualities, and whose purpose is often to deceive people or hide an illegal activity: Don't be fooled by his kindness and sensitivity - it's just a front. She presents such a cheerful front that you'd never guess she's ill. The machinery company was a front operation for arms smuggling. Several trading companies were set up in the early 1960s to act as fronts for money-laundering operations.

front noun [C usually singular] (LAND)

[C usually singular] land near the sea or a lake, or the part of a town near the beach that often has a wide road or path along it: Let's go for a stroll along the front. The company specializes in building lake-front property.

front noun [C usually singular] (WEATHER)

[C] specialized environment the place where two masses of air that have different temperatures meet: A cold/warm front is approaching from the west.
Idioms

front

adjective [before noun] uk   /frʌnt/ us  
B1 in or at the front of something: One of his front teeth is missing. I'd like seats on the front row of the stalls. a dog's front paws

front

verb uk   /frʌnt/ us  
[I or T] ( also front onto) If a building or area fronts (onto) a particular place, it is near it and faces it: All the apartments front onto the sea. [T] to lead an organization or group of musicians: She fronts a large IT company.be fronted with If a building is fronted with something, its surface is covered with it: a brick house fronted on three sides with timber
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(Definition of front noun, adjective, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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