located or designed to be used at a military front line: a frontline ambulance helicopter.
of, relating to, or involving the forefront in any action, activity, or field: a frontline TV reporter.
highly experienced or proficient in the performance of one's duties.
of or relating to essential work that depends on in-person interactions and may involve some risk, especially policing, healthcare, emergency services, public transit, grocery, warehouse, and delivery work: Congress is taking up a bill that would guarantee sick leave and hazard pay to frontline workers.
Other definitions for front line (2 of 2)
Military. front (def. 9).
the place where in-person essential work is carried out, especially in jobs that may involve some risk, as in policing, healthcare, emergency services, public transit, grocery, warehouse, and delivery work: Our bookstore extends a discount to all the teachers, aides, specialists, librarians, and therapists who are on the front line serving our children in schools every day.
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How to use frontline in a sentence
From people that are by your side every day, to people who are on the frontlines.
For now, the focus is on getting 30 million health-care and frontline workers vaccinated.India is betting on glitchy software to inoculate 300 million people by August | Lindsay Muscato | February 10, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Genesis has been on the frontlines during this pandemic with our leadership and employees working around the clock to keep our patients, residents and staff members as safe as possible.Sen. Warren calls Genesis Healthcare executive bonus act of ‘unfathomable greed’ | Will Englund | February 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Nurses and other frontline workers rallied to the call for volunteers to distribute vaccines almost immediately.I jumped the queue to get an expiring vaccine. Did I do the right thing? | Niall Firth | February 1, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Duckett gave frontline employees five additional paid days off and kept their pay the same even if their hours were reduced.
Such is the view from the Pech Valley in Kunar, a frontline that appears to be holding against substantial odds.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley | Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“We are here in the frontline of the fight against Ebola; it is the first line of defense,” Duvillier continues.
A guardsman told him to get on the bus, and the frontline express drove on again to Mariupol.On the Bus: Ukraine’s Frontline Express Across the Battle Lines | Ted Phillips | September 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
After talking to several drivers and passengers, I decided to climb on the frontline express myself.On the Bus: Ukraine’s Frontline Express Across the Battle Lines | Ted Phillips | September 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For James, journalism was bearing witness, especially when it comes to frontline coverage.
This sector was calm enough, as frontline sectors go, when we took it over.The Glory of The Coming | Irvin S. Cobb
A wonderfully short time ago he was quite a little boy; now he was in a frontline trench.Tales of War | Lord Dunsany
British Dictionary definitions for front line
military the most advanced military units or elements in a battle
the most advanced, exposed, or conspicuous element in any activity or situation
of, relating to, or suitable for the front line of a military formation: frontline troops
British of, relating to, or suitable for public service and business employees who are in direct contact with the public: frontline staff
to the fore; advanced, conspicuous, etc: frontline news
of or relating to a country bordering on or close to a hostile country or scene of armed conflict: leaders of the frontline states attended the summit
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