verb (used with object), pre·paid, pre·pay·ing.

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 formspre·pay·a·ble, adjectivepre·pay·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb -pays, -paying or -paid

(tr) to pay for in advance
Derived Formsprepayable, adjectiveprepayment, noun
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Word Origin and History for prepay

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

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