\ 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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The Avs need more immediate help up front but Byram was deemed too good at his position to pass on. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Avalanche draft pick Bo Byram, 18, could make an immediate impact," 30 June 2019 For now, the seisún’s spot is saved on the calendar that’s taped on the window up front. Maggie Hoffman, SFChronicle.com, "At Irish bar the Plough and the Stars, something special happens, and it’s called a seisún," 25 June 2019 The Shop section is right up front; customers have to walk through it to get to the rest of the store. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Let people hang out in your store and watch TV.," 3 Oct. 2018 Yesterday also has a charming premise, and Curtis is up front about the fact that the idea wasn’t his. Belinda Luscombe, Time, "Rom-Com Master Richard Curtis Is Still Trying to Prove That All We Need Is Love," 20 June 2019 With those two up front, the Pelicans can turn to Williamson on the back end who projects as someone who can potentially defend all five positions in the NBA. Andrew Lopez, nola.com, "After trade, Pelicans could become elite defensively but questions remain on offense," 16 June 2019 And representatives from Congress have expressed frustration over not having the entire price tag up front. Loren Grush, The Verge, "NASA administrator says it will cost an extra $20 to $30 billion to send astronauts back to the Moon," 14 June 2019 Contractors who run the shelters pay for these services up front and are reimbursed — but those reimbursements are no longer coming. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The Trump Administration Is Cutting Funding for Education, Legal Services, and Recreation Activities at Migrant Youth Shelters," 6 June 2019 The original offer from Nevco would have required the district to make a $30,000 payment up front. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "New scoreboard coming to West Aurora High School stadium," 4 June 2019

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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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