\ 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
(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 budget also uses bonds to fund certain projects that already were approved because the state doesn't have the money to pay for them up front. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Tennessee House passes budget with reduced funding after tense debate," 18 June 2020 Backblaze, for example, costs $6 a month, or $60 for a year up front. Whitson Gordon, Popular Science, "Eight ways to cut down on your monthly subscriptions," 16 June 2020 Instead of crowds mingling up front, a host now stands in a covered entryway outside, waiting to show guests to their tables. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "As Portland awaits Phase 1, Oregon restaurants offer advice on reopening," 15 June 2020 Naughty Dog is up front about its message, and Ellie ends up in the middle of it all. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "The Last of Us Part II left us amazed, yet despondent," 15 June 2020 In this case, Davidson has always been up front about his struggles. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "In 'King of Staten Island,' Pete Davidson and Judd Apatow explore the aftermath of grief," 9 June 2020 The entire front fascia is wider and lower, and the wider body up front and in the rear is clearly visible. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, "This Is the Next BMW M4, Revealed in Leaked Photo," 5 June 2020 This is a compact, rugged 3-blade broadhead with flat cutting surfaces up front that helped punch a hell of a hole through the ribs. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "The Best New Broadheads of the Year," 5 June 2020 In the little mercado up front, pick up a flashy Mexican embroidery face mask for $10. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "5 San Antonio Mexican restaurants with great enchiladas to comfort you in these coronavirus times," 4 June 2020

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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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“Up-front.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/up-front. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of up-front

: not keeping anything secret or hidden : honest and direct

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