up-front

adjective \ ˌəp-ˈfrənt , ˈəp-ˌfrənt \
Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of up-front

: being or coming in or at the front: such as
a (1) : being in a conspicuous or leading position
(2) : frank, forthright
b : playing in a front line (as in football)
c : paid or payable in advance

First Known Use of up-front

1945

in the meaning defined at sense a(1)

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up front

adverb

Definition of up front

1 : in or at the front
2 : in advance
3 : in an up-front manner : frankly, forthrightly

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First Known Use of up front

1937

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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UP-FRONT Defined for English Language Learners

up-front

Definition of up-front for English Language Learners

  • : not keeping anything secret or hidden : honest and direct



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