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English definition of “van”

van

noun (FRONT)    /væn/
in the van of sth UK formal at the front, or in the most advanced position, of something: The US is in the van of the quest to establish contact with other planets. → See also the vanguardDescribing the leading position
(Definition of van noun (FRONT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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