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The opposite of back is front. Something that appears in the front is plain to see, or it’s quickly available.

  • The best seats in a classroom are in the front row.
  • You get the best view up front.
  • If you sit in the front of the bus, you can talk to the bus driver.
  • The entrance to a house is usually in the front.
  • In the United States, most houses have a front yard.
  • Many old houses in the U.S. have a front porch.
  • An entrance to a building is located in the front.
  • Pockets and buttons are found on the front side of a shirt.
  • A person who stands at the front of the line is the next person to be called.

A front can also be something that’s not real, or it’s pretend.

  • Walter White’s car wash was just a front for an illegal business.
  • Don’t believe them. They’re just putting up a front.

A front is also a weather pattern that moves over an area:

  • A cold front is moving into Minnesota from the Dakotas.
  • When a cold front and a warm front come together, sometimes they create tornados.

The word "front" may be used in naming a political movement.

  • The National Liberation Front was active during the Algerian War in the 1950s.
  • The National Front is a right-wing populist movement in France. It’s led by Marine Le Pen.

When the word "front" is used as a verb, it means that money is lent or given to another person.

  • Tony wants to start a business, but he needs someone to front him some money.
  • I’ll pay you back tomorrow if you can front me some cash today.

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Date of publication: February 7, 2017



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