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[pree-pey] /priˈpeɪ/
verb (used with object), prepaid, prepaying.
to pay or arrange to pay beforehand or before due:
to prepay the loan.
Origin of prepay
First recorded in 1830-40; pre- + pay1
Related forms
prepayable, adjective
prepayment, noun Unabridged
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  • Both the postage charge and registration fee must in all cases be prepaid.

    The Stamps of Canada Bertram Poole
  • "I could at least telegraph to her mother, with a prepaid reply," put in Miss Phillips.

  • This volume will be sent to any address, prepaid, on the receipt of price—$4.00.

  • Six cutters—all different—-prepaid, for one new subscription.

  • Here we went into a house to eat our luncheon and obtain some coffee, which had to be prepaid.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
British Dictionary definitions for prepaid


verb -pays, -paying, -paid
(transitive) to pay for in advance
Derived Forms
prepayable, adjective
prepayment, noun
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Word Origin and History for prepaid



also pre-pay, 1839, originally of postage, from pre- + pay (v.). Related: Prepaid; prepayment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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