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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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Historical Examples

  • If you enclose 15 cents I will also prepay all express charges.

    The Mayflower, January, 1905


  • I finally consented on condition that they prepay the freight, which they agreed to do.

  • When I am dead, post the letter in Tours, and prepay the postage.

    La Grenadiere

    Honore de Balzac

  • It was not necessary in those days to prepay the postage, which was much dearer than it is now.

  • The label stamps, which prepay letters, are convenient to all classes.

British Dictionary definitions for prepay


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 prepay


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

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