layaway

noun
lay·​away | \ ˈlā-ə-ˌwā How to pronounce layaway (audio) \

Definition of layaway

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a purchasing agreement by which a retailer agrees to hold merchandise secured by a deposit until the price is paid in full by the customer

lay away

verb
laid away; laying away; lays away

Definition of lay away (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to put aside for future use or delivery

Examples of layaway in a Sentence

Noun We bought the table and chairs on layaway, so we won't have them until December. The store offers a layaway plan for large purchases. Verb the weather forecast warned of a severe storm, so we laid away a generous supply of bottled water and canned food just in case
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The lowest option for layaway deposits will be available for three days only and ends May 8 at 11:59pm PT. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 3 May 2022 Part of its success was due to its early adoption of layaway programs, which allowed customers who lacked credit to reserve items and pay for them in installments. CBS News, 12 Apr. 2022 Part of its success was due to its early adoption of layaway programs, which allowed customers who lacked credit to reserve items and pay for them in installments. NBC News, 12 Apr. 2022 Part of its success was due to its early adoption of layaway programs, which allowed customers who lacked credit to reserve items and pay for them in installments. David Porter, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Apr. 2022 Part of its success was due to its early adoption of layaway programs, which allowed customers who lacked credit to reserve items and pay for them in installments. CBS News, 12 Apr. 2022 Part of its success was due to its early adoption of layaway programs, which allowed customers who lacked credit to reserve items and pay for them in installments. NBC News, 12 Apr. 2022 Part of its success was due to its early adoption of layaway programs, which allowed customers who lacked credit to reserve items and pay for them in installments. David Porter, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Apr. 2022 Part of its success was due to its early adoption of layaway programs, which allowed customers who lacked credit to reserve items and pay for them in installments. David Porter, Detroit Free Press, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of layaway

Noun

1944, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of layaway was circa 1928

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Last Updated

15 May 2022

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“Layaway.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/layaway. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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