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down payment

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noun
  1. an initial amount paid at the time of purchase, in installment buying, time sales, etc.
  2. any initial or partial payment, gift, favor, or recompense, as to reduce one's indebtedness or express one's obligation or gratitude: This gift is just a down payment for all the favors I owe you.

Origin of down payment

First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for downpayment

down payment

noun
  1. the deposit paid on an item purchased on hire-purchase, mortgage, etc
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downpayment in Culture

down payment

A payment in part made at the time of purchase of a good, with the promise to make full payment later.

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