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

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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 Up, Jason Horowitz, says 45% of its Core and Business members prepay forward flying each year by purchasing blocks of time. Doug Gollan, Forbes, "Everything You Need To Know About Booking Private Jet Charters," 5 May 2021 Tickets will be digital and fans are urged to prepay parking. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Galaxy star Chicharito works with ‘emotional coach’ to achieve his goals," 25 Apr. 2021 Typically students must already be enrolled at least half- if not full-time to prepay tuition. Brian Boswell, Forbes, "How To Reduce Your College Savings Risk," 3 Mar. 2021 Those who preorder and prepay receive discounts, and customers pick up from a dozen drop-off spots around the Twin Cities. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "After 20 years, beloved Twin Cities soupmaker behind Birdsong Soups is retiring," 27 Jan. 2021 Before the pandemic, some airports offered travelers the option to reserve and prepay for parking online. Harriet Baskas, USA TODAY, "Delivery robots to digital health apps: 5 ways your next airport visit could be contactless," 6 Jan. 2021 Patrons must prepay and book a specific date and time to allow staff to sanitize equipment. cleveland, "Embrace the snow: Winter fun awaits just east of the city," 29 Dec. 2020 There is a $65 rental fee and guests are asked to prepay for their meals. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cedarburg's Brandywine restaurant debuts heated domes for outdoor seating," 17 Nov. 2020 In June, Airfield was among the first in the nation to begin using Treez Pay software, which allows customers to prepay with their mobile devices for cannabis delivery or pickup. Carolyne Zinko,, "How one long-time dispensary is adapting to the COVID crisis," 1 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of prepay

1839, in the meaning defined above

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8 May 2021

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“Prepay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of prepay

: to pay for (something) before you receive or use it
: to pay (something) before you are required to pay it


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
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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