\ 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

Examples of up-front in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The former Oklahoma standout is expected to be in rotation up front. Tom Withers, ajc, 22 July 2022 Not every pet is the right fit for every home and lifestyle, so taking some time to think about a few elements up front can help find the ideal furever friend for you. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 17 July 2022 Coincidentally, Silva's asking price is exactly what Barca want for De Jong from United or any other interested party: €80mn fixed and up front plus another €20mn in variables. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 17 June 2022 The efficiency that eliminated the heating system would be paid for up front by elimination of the heating system. Leidy Klotz, Scientific American, 12 May 2022 Only about 250 or so were used opening night with those people paying for cheaper tickets at the Arsht now sitting farther back in the hall even though there were plenty of empty seats up front. Bill Hirschman, Sun Sentinel, 25 Apr. 2022 To solve the download problem, Parparita compressed the disk image and broke it up into 256K chunks that are downloaded on demand rather than up front. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 1 Apr. 2022 But Staley has indicated the Chargers aren’t done adding help up front, so the circumstances remain unsettled. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2022 San Diego hopes to pay only $14.9 million of the $80.7 million up front, with the other $65.8 million being added to the city’s long-term pension debt of just under $3 billion — to be paid off over a period of 15 or 20 years. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 7 Aug. 2022.

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