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

laid away; laying away; lays away

Definition of lay away (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to put aside for future use or delivery

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The purchase of new gift cards and layaway programs have been discontinued. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 28 June 2021 In a sense, buy now pay, later is similar to layaway, but with one key difference. Bill Hardekopf, Forbes, 4 June 2021 For the first time, festival producer Insomniac is giving attendees the option of a zero-deposit layaway plan for all ticket types. Patrick Connolly,, 31 Mar. 2021 Maroo offering to help couples finance their weddings with layaway-like payment plans. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, 10 Mar. 2021 Perry has come to the rescue for everyday people, offering to pay for the homes of those in need and layaway for low-income families. Stephanie Toone, ajc, 8 Mar. 2021 Cedric Towns, Roebuck store manager, said Benson contacted the store today and paid off outstanding layaway balances. William Thornton |, al, 16 Dec. 2020 As many as 40 Birmingham families are having a more festive holiday season after New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson paid off layaway orders at Walmart on Parkway East in Roebuck. William Thornton |, al, 16 Dec. 2020 Templeton said the donor first approached him on Friday about the idea of wanting to pay off every single layaway item in the store. Daniella Genovese, Fox News, 12 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of layaway


1944, in the meaning defined above


circa 1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of layaway was circa 1928

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2 Jul 2021

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“Layaway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of layaway

US : a way of buying something in which you do not receive the thing you are buying until you have paid the full price by making small payments over a period of time


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