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.