\ 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

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Some do this service from free, other may charge for it, and others may charge up front and then take the cost of the inspection off the purchase price. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How to Install a Wood-Burning Stove," 28 Feb. 2019 Arkadiusz Milik partnered Lorenzo Insigne up front and the two combined for the opening goal in the 15th minute as Milik forced the ball in from close range following a precise cross from Insigne. Daniella Matar, The Seattle Times, "Inter, Napoli, Fiorentina into Italian Cup quarterfinals," 13 Jan. 2019 Newegg’s got anASRock 8GB AMD Radeon RX 580 for $220 after mail-in rebate–(it's $240 up front). Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Grab an 8GB Radeon RX 580 and three games for just $220," 10 Aug. 2018 Also, talking about President Trump getting the NATO allies to pay $44 billion up front and your dues with the commitment of hundreds of billions of dollars more. Fox News, "Darrell Issa reacts to release of Carter Page FISA documents; Judge Jeanine addresses 'The View': I'd like to move on," 22 July 2018 The police department would pay the $7,599 cost up front and then get the federal portion from the Department of Justice. Lisa Maria Garza, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Maitland, Eatonville to join ranks of Orange County law-enforcement agencies using body cameras," 12 June 2018 The standard brakes were replaced by huge Brembo high-performance binders, sporting six calipers per wheel up front and four aft. Al Haas, Philly.com, "2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: A supercharged pleasure to drive," 28 Apr. 2018 These were right up front in Pressure Cooker Perfection, and having that reference is a invaluable, especially for weeknight dinners. Joe Ray, WIRED, "A New Cookbook Takes Us Deep Into the World of the Instant Pot," 12 Apr. 2018 With three rows of seats, the Suburban can carry up to eight passengers - two up front, and three each in the middle and third rows. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "2018 Suburban: SUVs looks great with Z71 Midnight Edition package," 30 Apr. 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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English Language Learners Definition of up-front

: not keeping anything secret or hidden : honest and direct

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one that collects or salvages junk

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