up-front

[ uhp-fruhnt ]
/ ˈʌpˈfrʌnt /
Informal.

adjective Also up·front.

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

First recorded in 1965–70

Definition for upfront (2 of 2)

Origin of front

1250–1300; Middle English frount, front < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin front- (stem of frōns) forehead, brow, front

OTHER WORDS FROM front

un·front·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for upfront (1 of 2)

upfront
/ (ˈʌpˈfrʌnt) /

adjective

informal open, frank, honest

adverb, adjective

(of money) paid out at the beginning of a business arrangement

British Dictionary definitions for upfront (2 of 2)

front
/ (frʌnt) /

noun

adjective (prenominal)

verb

Derived forms of front

frontless, adjective

Word Origin for front

C13 (in the sense: forehead, face): from Latin frōns forehead, foremost part
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Scientific definitions for upfront

front
[ frŭnt ]

The boundary between two air masses that have different temperatures or humidity. In the mid-latitude areas of the Earth, where warm tropical air meets cooler polar air, the systems of fronts define the weather and often cause precipitation to form. Warm air, being lighter than cold air, tends to rise, cool, and condense along such boundaries, forming rain or snow. See also cold front occluded front polar front stationary front warm front.
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Cultural definitions for upfront

front

In meteorology, the line that forms the boundary between two air masses. Unless they are very similar in temperature and humidity, they will not mix.

notes for front

Fronts usually produce unstable weather.
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Idioms and Phrases with upfront

front

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