Definition of upfront in English:


Line breaks: up|front
Pronunciation: /ʌpˈfrʌnt
, ˈʌp-/


(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.


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  • 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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