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

Keep scrolling for more

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 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 The company also used some of those funds to prepay its pension contributions for the next two years. Mark Maurer, WSJ, "Unisys CFO Considers Debt Sale to Lower Pension Deficit," 23 Sep. 2020 Another reform, which allows a person charged with marijuana possession to prepay a fine instead of appearing in court, also passed the Senate on Friday with bipartisan support, 29-7. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "Virginia Senate passes prosecutorial discretion expansion and other reforms," 31 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'prepay.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of prepay

1839, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about prepay

Statistics for prepay

Last Updated

9 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Prepay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for prepay



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

More from Merriam-Webster on prepay

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for prepay

Nglish: Translation of prepay for Spanish Speakers

Comments on prepay

What made you want to look up prepay? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!