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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
1830-40; pre- + pay1
Related forms
prepayable, adjective
prepayment, noun Unabridged
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  • Only use prepaid mobile phones and change them every month.
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  • Soon, anonymous train rides will be stopped and anonymous prepaid mobile phone cards are banned.
  • prepaid debit cards are among the fastest growing products in the banking industry.
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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.

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