adjective Also up·front.

  1. 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.
  2. honest; candid; straightforward: He’s very up-front about discussing his past.
  3. conspicuous or prominent: The company has an up-front position in its industry.
  4. located in the front or forward section: to request up-front seats on a plane.

adverb Also up front.

  1. as an initial investment, beginning capital, or an advance payment: They’ll need a half-million dollars up-front before opening the business.
  2. before other payments, deductions, or returning a profit: Estimated operating expenses will be deducted up-front.

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