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ˌəp-ˈfrənt How to pronounce up-front (audio)
: being or coming in or at the front: such as
: being in a conspicuous or leading position
: paid or payable in advance
: playing in a front line (as in football)

up front

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

Examples of up-front in a Sentence

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The company is also up-front about some of the limitations of the technology. John Werner, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Forming in 2019, the group immediately located its sound; a dreamy tug of nostalgia, catchy choruses, wrapped in jangly guitar and up-front harmonies that remind of peak MGMT — minus the synths. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 20 Feb. 2024 Director of technology Evan Jackson said that working with the startup saved him about $200,000 in up-front costs to update a system stitched together from five different vendors, including Cisco’s Meraki unit. Alex Konrad, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Spanish club Mallorca, partly owned by Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and former NBA great Steve Nash, was among the teams that used the up-front money from CVC to pay its debts and make infrastructure improvements. Tales Azzoni, Quartz, 6 Feb. 2024 Would the company bring down the high up-front costs that had stymied other developers looking to add to the Imperial Valley’s aging fleet of geothermal power plants? Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2024 High up-front costs and cheaper gas present roadblocks But easy access to charging ports isn’t the only issue keeping EVs from flooding US highways. Popular Science, 11 Jan. 2024 Touring by river ship, which often feels more akin to staying in a luxury hotel than cruising on a ocean liner, can address most of these challenges—all while delivering tremendous value, usually at an all-inclusive, up-front price. Janice Wald Henderson, Travel + Leisure, 1 Jan. 2024 Woods said he's still floored by the Ohtani-Dodgers deal and couldn't imagine ever advising a client to take so little up-front compensation. David K. Li, NBC News, 15 Dec. 2023
Plugging in Murphy would set Cincinnati up to generate more havoc up front with a quick-twitch threat who can throw blockers off balance. 19. Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 Robert Taylor gets the nod up front with Messi and Suarez. Andre Fernandez, Miami Herald, 22 Feb. 2024 Lions embraced their inner Eminem in 31-23 win over Buccaneers The Lions have juggled personnel on their offensive line because of injury all season, but had started the same five up front the past six games. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, 22 Jan. 2024 The interior will have room for up to seven and features a long list of premium amenities including a giant 55-inch curved touchscreen display up front, a panoramic glass roof, and a 40-speaker AKG Studio Reference sound system that delivers immersive audio. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 9 Feb. 2024 Experts recommend spending a lot of energy up front planning your family including taking into consideration parenting philosophies, finances, legal questions, education, and medical questions. Allison Hope, Parents, 4 Feb. 2024 The front and rear crash structures are cut away to be replaced by subframes that hold the engine (up front) and transaxle gearbox (at the rear). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 3 Feb. 2024 The replacements up front included backup right tackle David Quessenberry starting in place of O’Neill and backup right guard Blake Brandel starting in place of Ingram. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, 7 Jan. 2024 McLellan made major changes up front, moving Pierre-Luc Dubois from centering the third line to playing left wing on the top line, and moving Quinton Byfield from wing to center between Alex Laferriere and Jaret Anderson-Dolan. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 21 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1945, in the meaning defined above


1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of up-front was in 1937

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“Up-front.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/up-front. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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