\ ˌəp-ˈfrənt How to pronounce up-front (audio) , ˈəp-ˌfrənt \

Definition of up-front

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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Definition of up front (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of up-front in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The Chargers will enter the 2021 season with four new starters up front. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Once Chargers tackled Round 1 of NFL draft, the rest fell in line," 1 May 2021 This defense also relied on being dominant up front. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, "Moore: Here's what Cardinals GM Steve Keim was thinking when he didn't draft cornerback," 1 May 2021 Another way is to shop at businesses that have made sustainability pledges and that provide information about their seafood up front. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "Crabs fell on Alabama: The new seafood shacks taking over the state," 29 Apr. 2021 These swaps are contracts that allow investors to take positions in stocks or other assets while committing minimal funds up front, in exchange for a fee. Washington Post, "How Credit Suisse got tangled in the Archegos Wall Street chaos," 6 Apr. 2021 Whereas most insurance companies keep that as profit, Lemonade takes a flat fee up front, and then donates any leftover money to our nonprofit partners our customers choose. David Hessekiel, Forbes, "Changemaker Interview: Nina Rauch, Social Impact Lead, Lemonade," 6 Apr. 2021 While the offense sometimes got more attention, the defense also was strong up front. The Salt Lake Tribune, "BYU football opens spring practice on Monday. Here are five questions for the Cougars moving forward.," 26 Feb. 2021 In their place, Bradley started Corey Baird and teenager Mahala Opoku up front and Marco Farfan at right back. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "With some of its top players out, LAFC plays to draw against Sounders," 24 Apr. 2021 To improve on last season’s 122nd ranking in pass defense, Ohio State football needs better pressure up front and better coverage in the secondary. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Jack Sawyer, Cameron Martinez and the Ohio State football defensive breakthroughs at the Spring Game," 19 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of up-front


1945, in the meaning defined above


1937, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of up-front

: not keeping anything secret or hidden : honest and direct

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