pre·​pay | \ (ˌ)prē-ˈpā How to pronounce prepay (audio) \
prepaid\ (ˌ)prē-​ˈpād How to pronounce prepay (audio) \; prepaying

Definition of prepay

transitive verb

: to pay or pay the charge on in advance

Other Words from prepay

prepayment \ (ˌ)prē-​ˈpā-​mənt How to pronounce prepay (audio) \ noun

Examples of prepay in a Sentence

Special orders must be prepaid.
Recent Examples on the Web Consumers who want to lock in a favorable exchange rate can prepay for their bookings. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 13 July 2022 Note that Mash & Grape requires you to prepay for your shipments. Kate Dingwall,, 29 June 2022 Adults get in free and may prepay for their entrees ($11) when purchasing tickets via Eventbrite. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 9 Apr. 2022 Omni will prepay rent at about $5.9 million plus additional annual rent payments instead of property taxes. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, 5 Apr. 2022 That means if the price of Bitcoin drops far enough, MacroStrategy will have to deposit additional coins into the account or prepay a portion of the loan so that the ratio declines to 25% or less, according to company documents. Crystal Kim,, 29 Mar. 2022 The prepayments would be spread over five years with no requirement to prepay for taxpayers who primarily have illiquid assets. Jason Furman, WSJ, 28 Mar. 2022 The issuer usually has the right to prepay the debt. William Baldwin, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 The Postal Service is required to prepay its retirees’ health-care costs, a mandate instituted in 2006 when mail volume was steady and the agency was profitable. Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of prepay

1839, in the meaning defined above

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19 Jul 2022

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“Prepay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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pre·​pay | \ ˈprē-ˈpā How to pronounce prepay (audio) \
prepaid\ -​ˈpād \; prepaying

Kids Definition of prepay

: to pay or pay for beforehand prepay the bill


transitive verb
pre·​pay | \ prē-ˈpā How to pronounce prepay (audio) \
prepaid; prepaying

Legal Definition of prepay

: to pay or pay the charge on in advance (as of date due or maturity date) no penalty for prepaying your student loan

Other Words from prepay

prepayment noun

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