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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.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

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).Topics and areas of interest

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.Affected and insincereFaking and pretending

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.Coasts and beachesBays and gulfs

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.Weather and climate - general words
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 pawsGeneral location and orientation

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.Through, across, opposite and against [T] to lead an organization or group of musicians: She fronts a large IT company.Managing and organizing be fronted with If a building is fronted with something, its surface is covered with it: a brick house fronted on three sides with timberCovering and adding layersConstruction work and workers
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of front noun, adjective, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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