Definition of upfront in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌpˈfrʌnt/
Pronunciation: /ˈʌpfrʌnt/


(usually up front)
1At the front; in front: he can play up front or in defence
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  • There is plenty of competition for places up front even in the absence of the injured Andy Cole.
  • We controlled the game up front against a team that prides itself on being strong and physical.
  • Gill in particular made a big difference up front and added a new dimension to the full forward line.
2(Of a payment) in advance: the salesmen are paid commission up front
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  • Payment is up front and there is a choice between a damage waiver or a security deposit.
  • He'd waited five years on the list, and he'd needed to pay up front a year in advance.
  • She had been paid up front, and she had carried out the task for which she had been paid.
in advance, beforehand, ahead of time, in readiness


1Bold, honest, and frank: he’d been upfront about his intentions
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  • They were asked to support one another, to have conversations even when they were uncomfortable, and to be honest and upfront at all times.
  • But they were very honest and upfront about the conditions of moviemaking.
  • We may not agree with her philosophy in life, but at least she's honest, and upfront with her views.
2 [attributive] (Of a payment) made in advance: an upfront fee of 4%
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  • The next day, O'Brien's solicitor sent a letter to another lawyer saying that the options being looked at by the department were either to have no upfront payment, or a maximum cap.
  • The Icelandic airline that flew passengers for collapsed tour operator JetGreen secured a substantial upfront payment and security deposit from the firm.
  • There is a 3 per cent upfront brokerage fee in addition to an annual 1.5 per cent management charge.
3chiefly North American At the front or the most prominent position: a literary weekly with an upfront section modelled on the New Yorker
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  • As you navigate this week's issue, you'll see a new upfront section and expanded coverage of style, health and beauty and tech.
  • A long, black, steel gate positioned upfront served as the only entrance into the large, theater-looking edifice.

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