Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

front - definition and synonyms

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb     front pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlefronting
past tensefronted
past participlefronted
  1. 1
    [transitive] to be the leader or main representative of a group

    a financial consortium fronted by Charles Villiers

    1. a.
      to be the main singer or musician in a band

      I’d love to front my own jazz band.

      Synonyms and related words
    2. b.
      to be the main person who appears in a television programme and tells people what is happening in each part of the programme

      What is it like to front such a popular TV show?

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if an area or building fronts something or fronts on or onto it, it has that thing at the front of it

    The estate fronts onto the bay.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to be in front of something

phrasal verbs



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play