down payment

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.
Also, down-payment.


Origin:
1925–30

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down payment
 
n
the deposit paid on an item purchased on hire-purchase, mortgage, etc

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down payment definition


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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Example sentences
Bringing in partners is a down payment on satisfied new faculty.
Six years should be the max length of a car loan and there needs to be
  increasing down payment requirements for longer loans.
It swiftly opened a local office, made a down payment and prepared to take
  possession of the land.
Sometimes a subprime loan requires a lower down payment than usual, meaning
  borrowers will build little equity in the house.
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