[ fruhnt-loh-ding ]
/ ˈfrʌntˌloʊ dɪŋ /


designed to be loaded, supplied, or tended from the front: a front-loading washer; a front-loading VCR.


the practice of expending maximum effort, collecting a fee, interest, or commissions, etc., as early as possible: the front-loading of commissions on insurance premiums.

Definition for front-loading (2 of 2)


[ adjective fruhnt-lohd; verb fruhnt-lohd ]
/ adjective ˈfrʌntˌloʊd; verb ˈfrʌntˈloʊd /


Also front-load·ed. front-loading(def 1).

verb (used with object)

to load or fill from the front: to front-load a washing machine; to front-load a video recorder.
to put in from the front; insert: to front-load eight pounds of clothing; to front-load a cassette.
to make fees, costs, commissions, etc., applicable at the beginning of (a contract, designated period, or the like): The striking teachers prefer to front-load their fringe benefits.Compare back-load.
to concentrate maximum effort on (an activity) at the outset: The politician front-loaded his campaigning.

Origin of front-load

First recorded in 1975–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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