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noun     front pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable] [often singular] the surface of something that faces forward

    house/building fronts (=the parts that face the road)

    the front of something:

    Attach a recent photograph to the front of your application.

    on the front:

    a book with a picture of a tiger on the front

    down the front:

    The dress had buttons down the front.

    1. a.
      [countable] the part of your body that faces forward, especially your chest

      I always sleep on my front.

    2. b.
      [singular/uncountable] the area outside the part of a building that faces forward

      Go round to the front and I’ll let you in.

    3. c.
      [countable] an outer wall of a large building that faces in a particular direction
      the north/south/east/west front of something:

      Monet’s famous series of paintings of the west front of Rouen cathedral

  2. 2

    the front

    the part of something that is nearest the direction it faces

    The glasses are in the cabinet near the front.

    in/at the front (of something):

    Tom was sitting at the front of the bus.

    the man at the front of the line

    If you can’t see the blackboard, come and sit at the front.

    He had signed his name in the front of the book.

  3. 3
    [countable] a particular aspect of a situation

    There’s bad news on the job front – two factories are going to close.

    His main problems were in math and science, but he has made progress on both fronts.

  4. 4
    [countable] an organization or activity that exists to hide an illegal or secret one
    front for:

    They used the store as a front for dealing in stolen goods.

  5. 5
    [singular] behavior that is not sincere because you want to hide your real feelings

    He always pretended he didn’t care but we knew it was just a front.

    put on a front:

    She’s putting on a brave front, but she’s really very worried.

  6. 6
    [countable] a place where a large area of cold air meets a large area of warm air, often shown as a line on a weather map

    a warm/cold front

  7. 9
    [countable] [usually singular] the area along the edge of the sea or a lake in a town

    a walk along the front

    See also seafront
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