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up-front

[uhp-fruhnt] /ˈʌpˈfrʌnt/
adjective, Also, upfront
1.
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.
2.
honest; candid; straightforward:
He's very up-front about discussing his past.
3.
conspicuous or prominent:
The company has an up-front position in its industry.
4.
located in the front or forward section:
to request up-front seats on a plane.
adverb, Also, up front
5.
as an initial investment, beginning capital, or an advance payment:
They'll need a half-million dollars up-front before opening the business.
6.
before other payments, deductions, or returning a profit:
Estimated operating expenses will be deducted up-front.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70
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Examples for upfront
  • We expect scientists and doctors to be upfront about whether papers they publish may line their purses.
  • Both consider considerable upfront costs, and neither delivery tangible benefits in the short term.
  • Even though upfront, the differences appear to be subtle, the reality is that the differences are enormous.
  • Sometimes you have to be firm upfront to minimize downstream damage.
  • In my area, the practice is to post the salary range upfront, and the salary schedule is often posted on the college's website.
  • These days, it's best to be upfront about the situation.
  • Now, a vanity press on the other hand prints anything, from anyone and they do it for upfront payment.
  • While getting older may be better than the alternative, there's no reason why you have to be completely upfront about your age.
  • The systems can pay for themselves in less than two years, but the upfront cost is still too steep for many people.
  • Ten days later the central bank's decision removed national subsidies on mortgage loans and raised borrowers' upfront payments.
British Dictionary definitions for upfront

upfront

/ˈʌpˈfrʌnt/
adjective
1.
(informal) open, frank, honest
adverb, adjective
2.
(of money) paid out at the beginning of a business arrangement
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