Definition of upfront in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌəpˈfrənt/


(usually up front)
1At the front; in front: I was sitting up front
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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.


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.
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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 modeled 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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Syllabification: up·front

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