- 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.
Origin of up-front
First recorded in 1965–70
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for up-front
The option to ignore it is vanishing, even for parents with “good” insurance that buffers from the up-front costs.Is the Doctor-Patient Relationship Turning Into a Business Partnership?
April 11, 2014
The more you increase the up-front cost, the lower the net present value of your investment.Are We Paying Too Much for Higher Education?
September 10, 2012
Politicians, too, must pay, particularly at election time, to get up-front coverage.The Fall of India's Katie Couric?
November 30, 2010