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invested or paid in advance or as beginning capital:
an up-front fee of five percent and an additional five percent when the job is done.
honest; candid; straightforward:
He's very up-front about discussing his past.
conspicuous or prominent:
The company has an up-front position in its industry.
located in the front or forward section:
to request up-front seats on a plane.
as an initial investment, beginning capital, or an advance payment:
They'll need a half-million dollars up-front before opening the business.
before other payments, deductions, or returning a profit:
Estimated operating expenses will be deducted up-front.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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