Meaning of “upfront” in the English Dictionary

"upfront" in American English

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upfrontadjective, adverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈʌpˈfrʌnt/

upfront adjective, adverb [ not gradable ] (CLEAR)

speaking or behaving in a way that makes your intentions and beliefs clear:

She’s very upfront about her feelings.

upfront adjective, adverb [ not gradable ] (IN ADVANCE)

paid or obtained in advance:

The roofer wants 20% of the money upfront.

(Definition of “upfront” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"upfront" in Business English

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also up front uk /ˌʌpˈfrʌnt/ us

paid before goods are produced or received or services are performed:

upfront cost/payment/fee Large upfront costs are incurred to write a complicated piece of software.

speaking or behaving in a way which makes intentions and beliefs clear:

upfront about sth She's very upfront about why she wants the job.
We've got to be more up front about the fees we charge.

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uk /ˌʌpˈfrʌnt/ us

in the beginning:

Every consumer should know upfront what it is going to cost them.

before goods or services are received:

We offer a discount to customers who pay upfront.
The bank charges you a little more up front, but you'll do better in the longer term.

(Definition of “upfront” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)