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.
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.
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How to use up-front in a sentence
For platinum, gold, or other more generous plans, the premiums (or amount you pay up front) will be more expensive.Think You’re Invincible? Here’s Why Open Enrollment Matters | DailyBurn | November 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the past, the international community has enticed the Kim regime to negotiate by giving up-front concessions.
Ultimately, we are, and have historically been, more up-front about sex.
Klinsmann may also insert Aron Johannsson at some point if the Americans need added juice up front.USA vs. Germany World Cup Primer: Everything You Need to Know About the Epic Showdown | Marlow Stern | June 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The family insisted that military mourners be seated up front.The Army Lied About the Hero Who Died Looking for Bowe Bergdahl | Michael Daly | June 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I showed him I was fit enough for the job and he asked me if Id take an ambulance car to drive up front.Grapes of wrath | Boyd Cable
I laid out the suits up front, and I think we might reasonably get out there and take a look at the old boat.Islands of Space | John W Campbell
Then, while the co-pilot left his seat up front and started back to the seats near the bomb bay, Segador continued talking.The Five Arrows | Allan Chase
That's why I'm pushed up front while the brass cautiously retires behind the ramparts which I'm supposed to hold.The Brain | Alexander Blade
He don't cal'late to miss a prayer-meetin' and when there's a revival goin' on he's right up front with the mourners.Thankful's Inheritance | Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for upfront
informal open, frank, honest
(of money) paid out at the beginning of a business arrangement
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Other Idioms and Phrases with up-front
In the forward section, as of an airplane or theater. For example, We'd like two seats as far up front as possible. [First half of 1900s]
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