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verb (used with object), pre·paid, pre·pay·ing.
  1. to pay or arrange to pay beforehand or before due: to prepay the loan.
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Origin of prepay

First recorded in 1830–40; pre- + pay1
Related formspre·pay·a·ble, adjectivepre·pay·ment, noun
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Related Words

refund, settle, handle, extend, grant, reimburse, offer, disburse, repay, compensate, meet, present, satisfy, render, liquidate, clear, stake, bequeath, confer, remunerate

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  • Both the postage charge and registration fee must in all cases be prepaid.

  • "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 or -paid
  1. (tr) to pay for in advance
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Derived Formsprepayable, adjectiveprepayment, 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.

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