forefront

[fawr-fruhnt, fohr-]
noun
1.
the foremost part or place.
2.
the position of greatest importance or prominence: in the forefront of today's writers.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English forfrount, forefrount. See fore-, front

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forefront (ˈfɔːˌfrʌnt)
 
n
1.  the extreme front
2.  the position of most prominence, responsibility, or action

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Word Origin & History

forefront
c.1470, a Gmc.-L. hybrid, from fore + front. Originally of buildings; the main modern sense is from military meaning "front rank of an army" (1513).
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Example sentences
Newspapers remain at the forefront of defending and promoting press freedom
  around the world.
K-G brings to the forefront nothing less than authenticity.
Universities have been at the forefront of this expansion.
The election cements their place at the forefront of the country's politics for
  the foreseeable future.
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