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pre·​pur·​chase ˌprē-ˈpər-chəs How to pronounce prepurchase (audio)
variants or pre-purchase
prepurchased or pre-purchased; prepurchasing or pre-purchasing

transitive verb

: to purchase (something) in advance
You can prepurchase tickets to pick up at the box office.


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variants or pre-purchase
: occurring before a purchase
prepurchase inspection of a used car

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web
Like many industrial buyers, the company had prepurchased its power at a fraction of the price available to residential customers. Gabriel J.x. Dance Zach Levitt, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2023 Shopify is among the tech companies pledging to prepurchase $1 billion worth of carbon credits from startups like Running Tide, with the hope that other corporations will follow. Bill Weir, CNN, 22 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use


1868, in the meaning defined above


1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of prepurchase was in 1868

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Cite this Entry

“Prepurchase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2023.

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