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prepay Line breaks: pre¦pay
Pronunciation: /priːˈpeɪ/

Definition of prepay in English:

verb (prepays, prepaying; past and past participle prepaid)

[with object] (usually as adjective prepaid)
1Pay for in advance: prepaid licence fees
More example sentences
  • Drivers could be required to prepay traffic fees, either online or at street-level vending machines.
  • Under these agreements the wholesaler prepays products and fuel sold through the on-reserve store.
  • Like America, we are prepaying the expected costs of a demographic bulge in retirement.
1.1 (as adjective prepaid) (Of an envelope or address label) supplied with the postage already paid for contents up to a certain weight.
Example sentences
  • We supplied parents with a prepaid envelope to return the diary, and we contacted parents by telephone if return was delayed.
  • I've just parcelled my first bit of ripped up junkmail back in its prepaid envelope and sent it back from whence it came.
  • Along with the bill, businesses can send a special return envelope with prepaid postage, much like existing Business Reply Mail.


Pronunciation: /priːˈpeɪəb(ə)l/ /prɪˈpeɪəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • That certainly might happen if lenders were prevented from providing sufficient liquidity for fixed-rate, easily prepayable mortgages.
  • Certain traffic and non-traffic offenses are prepayable.
Pronunciation: /priːˈpeɪm(ə)nt/
Example sentences
  • Postage stamps were originally construed as prepayment for the service of transporting letters and packages.
  • There are, however, times when prepayment is unavoidable.
  • The University of Berkley offers associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees for a flat installment rate with a discount for prepayment.
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