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[uhp-fruhnt] /ˈʌpˈfrʌnt/ Informal.
adjective, Also, upfront
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.
adverb, Also, up front
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.
Origin of up-front
1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web 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


(informal) open, frank, honest
adverb, adjective
(of money) paid out at the beginning of a business arrangement
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Word Origin and History for upfront

1932 (two words) "in the front," from up + front. Meaning "honest, open; paid in advance" is from 1967.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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