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"front" in British English

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frontnoun [C usually singular]

uk   /frʌnt/  us   /frʌnt/
A2 the ​part of a ​building, ​object, or person's ​body that ​facesforward or is most often ​seen or used: The front of the ​museum is very ​impressive. He ​spilledsoup all down the front of his ​shirt. He was ​lying on his front. The ​actorwalked out to the front of the ​stage. The shop front ​occupies a very ​prominentposition on the ​mainstreet.
A2 the ​part of a ​vehicle that is ​nearest to ​itsdirection 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 ​betterview.
the ​outsidepart 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 furtherforward than someone or something ​else: The ​car in front ​suddenlystopped and I ​slammed on the ​brakes. She ​startedtalking to the man in front of her.
UK winning a ​game or ​competition: By ​halftime the Italians were well in front.
in front of
A2 close to the front ​part of something: There's ​parkingspace 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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a ​particulararea of ​activity: How are things on the ​work front? (= Is the ​situation at ​worksatisfactory?) She's very ​creative on the ​design front (= she is very good at ​design).
[C usually singular] the ​character or ​qualities that a ​person or ​organizationappears to have in ​public that are different from ​theirrealcharacter or ​qualities, and whose ​purpose is often to ​deceivepeople or ​hide an ​illegalactivity: 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 ​machinerycompany was a front ​operation for ​armssmuggling. Several ​tradingcompanies were set up in the early 1960s to ​act as fronts for money-laundering ​operations.
[C usually singular] UK land near the ​sea or a ​lake, or the ​part of a ​town near the ​beach that often has a ​wideroad or ​path along it: Let's go for a ​stroll along the front. The ​companyspecializes in ​building lake-front ​property.
[C] specialized environment the ​place where two ​masses of ​air that have different ​temperaturesmeet: A cold/​warm front is ​approaching from the ​west.
the ​place where ​fightingtakesplace in a ​war: He was a ​soldier on the ​Western front in World War I.

frontadjective [before noun]

uk   /frʌnt/  us   /frʌnt/


uk   /frʌnt/  us   /frʌnt/
[I or T] (also front onto) If a ​building or ​area fronts (onto) a ​particularplace, 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, ​itssurface is ​covered with it: The ​kitchen has ​oakcabinets fronted with ​glass.
Phrasal verbs

Frontnoun [C usually singular]

uk   /frʌnt/  us   /frʌnt/ UK
a ​group of ​peoplesharing a ​politicalbelief who ​performactions in ​public to ​achievetheiraims: The National Front is an ​extremelyright-wingpoliticalparty in ​Britain. The Animal Liberation Front has ​claimedresponsibility for ​releasing the ​monkeys from the ​laboratory.
(Definition of front from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"front" in American English

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 us   /frʌnt/
  • front noun (PLACE)

[C] the most ​forwardposition or most ​importantside of an ​object or ​surface: The front of the ​housefaces Peach ​Street. My little ​boy can’t ​eaticecream 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 ​facesforward) or on my back? Would you like me to ​sit in the front (= most ​forwardseat) or the back of the ​car? Dad ​pushed Matthew in the ​stroller while ​David and Stephen ​walked in front (= ​fartherforward than the ​others) .
[C] in a ​positionclose to the most ​forward or most ​importantpart: They ​chatted for a while in front of the ​apartmenthouse.
in front of
Someone who is in front of someone ​else is in a ​positiondirectlyforward of that ​person: Carla and Bob were ​sitting in front of me at the ​movie.
  • front noun (AREA OF ACTIVITY)

[C usually sing] a ​particulararea 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 ​particularplace of ​directedmilitaryactivity.
  • front noun (APPEARANCE)

[U] an ​appearance that a ​personchooses to show to ​othersinstead of ​showing his or her ​truefeelings: 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 ​realcharacter of a ​secret or ​illegalactivity: The ​society was a front for making ​illegalpoliticalcontributions.
  • front noun (WEATHER)

earth science [C] the ​advancingedge of a ​mass of ​cold or ​warmair: a ​cold/​warm front
  • front noun (POLITICAL GROUP)

[C usually sing] an ​organization of ​politicalgroupsunited to put ​forwardideas or ​programs that they ​share: The Animal Liberation Front ​promised to ​continuetargeting the ​company until all ​animaltestingstops.

frontverb [I/T]

 us   /frʌnt/
  • front verb [I/T] (PLACE)

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

frontadjective [not gradable]

 us   /frʌnt/
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 ​doorinstead of going around to the back.
(Definition of front from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"front" in Business English

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uk   us   /frʌnt/
[C] the ​part of a ​building that faces or is nearest to the street or that is most often seen or used: shop/store front The ​shop front ​occupies a very prominent ​position on the ​main the front of sth The new ​styles were ​displayed at the front of the ​store.
[S] used to refer to a particular ​area of ​activity: How are things on the ​work front? She's very ​creative on the ​design front.
[S] behaviour that a ​personshows in ​public and that is different from their ​realcharacter: Don't be fooled by his apparent ​sympathy - it's just a front.
[C, usually singular] a ​person or ​organization that is used to ​deceivepeople or to hide an ​illegalactivity: The ​tradingcompany was set up in 2001 to ​act as a front for money-laundering ​operations.
in front (of sb/sth)
more ​successful than other ​people or ​companies doing the same ​job or in the same ​industry: Major ​brandleaders got out in front first and have set the ​pace for other ​companies.
up front
if you give someone an ​amount of ​money up front, you ​pay them before they do something for you: He ​wants all the ​money up front or he won't do the ​job.
front of mind (also top of mind)
MARKETING if a ​brand, ​product, or ​company is front of mind, it is the first one that ​peoplethink of when they are considering ​buying something: We need ​advertising that will ​keep the ​brand front of mind and ​helpreinforcebrandvalues.
considered very important and usually ​thought of first by ​people: Food ​safetyissues affect everyone and are becoming ​increasingly front of mind with ​consumers today.
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uk   us   /frʌnt/
on the front burner
considered very important and to be dealt with or given ​attention before other things: keep/put sth on the front burner We need to put this ​project on the front burner and ​finish it as soon as possible.


uk   us   /frʌnt/
[I or T] (also front on/onto) PROPERTY if a ​building or ​area fronts or fronts on or onto a particular ​place, it is near it and faces it: The ​store fronts the ​centralsquare at the ​mall.
[T] to ​lead an ​organization, or be the ​person with the ​mainresponsibility for a particular ​project, etc.: She fronts a large IT ​company in Germany. They ​appointed him to front the ​takeoverbid.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of front from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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