\ 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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There’s very little experience up front and the Buffs could be relying on multiple true freshmen. Brian Howell, The Denver Post, "Colorado Buffaloes football 2019 projected roster," 6 June 2019 The Lorry is undeniably unusual, with a 20-inch wheel up front and a 26-inch wheel in the rear. Bradley Ford, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Commuter Bikes for Any Commute," 16 May 2019 The deals, expected to close in the second half of the year, would bring Takeda $3.8 billion in cash up front and up to $1.9 billion in additional payments from Novartis subject to certain milestones being met, the companies said Wednesday. ... Maria Armental, WSJ, "Takeda Selling Assets to Novartis, J&J to Pay Down Debt," 8 May 2019 But the Bulldogs do need to protect McMaryion, both in terms of the blockers up front and the running game. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Boise State, Fresno State look to stay on top in Mountain West," 6 Apr. 2018 Camilla chose a deep red beret — one of her favorite kinds of hats — with two jaunty feathers up front during her first post-wedding appearance at Crathie Parish Church in April 2005. Marci Robin, Allure, "The 30 Best Fascinators and Hats Worn by Camilla Parker Bowles, Duchess of Cornwall," 6 Aug. 2018 With Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez left to their own devices up front, Barcelona's midfield has become more conscientious and its back-line harder to breach. Tom Allnutt, chicagotribune.com, "Chelsea aiming to frustrate functional Barcelona," 14 Mar. 2018 Facebook will pay publishers up front to create the content, according to a person familiar with the program, who added that questions related to advertising on the section have not been answered yet. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Publishers Eye Facebook’s Push for News Videos With Caution," 14 Mar. 2018 Barring the offseason addition of a graduate transfer up front, expect the top six performers along the offensive line this spring to stick come fall camp. Tom Green, AL.com, "How will Auburn replace 4 senior starters on offensive line this spring?," 23 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of up-front

: not keeping anything secret or hidden : honest and direct

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to take the place or position of

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