Definition of prepay in English:



[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective prepaid
  • 1Pay for in advance.

    ‘prepaid licence fees’
    • ‘You may choose any amount between $5 and $35, and prepay the number of months you desire.’
    • ‘The survey found that 45% of adult prepay customers could save money by switching to a contract.’
    • ‘Drivers could be required to prepay traffic fees, either online or at street-level vending machines.’
    • ‘Employers prepay for spaces in designated centres.’
    • ‘There's no penalty for prepaying your student loans, so you can shorten your loan term by making extra payments.’
    • ‘There's no penalty for prepaying your loans, but extending the repayment period gives you the option of making smaller payments when money is tight.’
    • ‘The prepay phone is a mass-market model and does not normally sit comfortably with a company whose culture is centered on differentiation.’
    • ‘Under these agreements the wholesaler prepays products and fuel sold through the on-reserve store.’
    • ‘The state of Florida has the longest operating prepay program.’
    • ‘However, analysts say heavy promotions and free prepay cards and handsets are destroying value in the sector.’
    • ‘After prepaying part of the business loan and setting aside funds for capital reserves, cash patronage refunds were distributed at the first annual meeting.’
    • ‘It is on the simplest prepay tariff, which I use because I do not know how long I am going to be in Britain and I do not wish to commit myself to a fixed term contract.’
    • ‘Regional terminals in the Corn Belt quit taking orders for prepay ammonia in mid-December.’
    • ‘Like America, we are prepaying the expected costs of a demographic bulge in retirement.’
    • ‘Yes, there is some portion of the travelling population that pays a cash fare every day and it is desirable for these people to instead use some prepay method in order to save time and resources.’
    1. 1.1as adjective prepaid (of an envelope or address label) supplied with the postage already paid for contents up to a certain weight.
      • ‘Similarly, general practitioners functioning through primary care groups would charge insurers or offer prepaid services.’
      • ‘We supplied parents with a prepaid envelope to return the diary, and we contacted parents by telephone if return was delayed.’
      • ‘Participants mailed the ratings back to me in a prepaid envelope.’
      • ‘Unlike so-called direct deposits, which actually take two days to process, the funds on prepaid cards become available within seconds.’
      • ‘Self-addressed, prepaid envelopes were provided for the return of the questionnaires.’
      • ‘‘If a customer wants to convert from a conventional meter to a prepaid meter they should put their request in writing,’ says Zimu.’
      • ‘In addition to failure to reattend, some patients failed to complete all self report questionnaires, notably where these had to be returned by post, despite the issuing of prepaid envelopes.’
      • ‘You can shave costs by buying a prepaid package, considering less-trodden destinations, or traveling within Europe on budget airlines.’
      • ‘We included an information sheet, a letter from the consultant, a reply slip, a consent form, and a prepaid envelope.’
      • ‘Along with the bill, businesses can send a special return envelope with prepaid postage, much like existing Business Reply Mail.’
      • ‘The survey, which is being carried out by an independent company, have been sent out with prepaid envelopes to a cross-section of the public who have had dealings with the police in the past year.’
      • ‘Each woman who had attended was sent a letter, a questionnaire, and a prepaid envelope.’
      • ‘When you have received your ballot paper, mark your vote, get someone to sign the declaration and return both documents in the prepaid envelope.’
      • ‘I've just parcelled my first bit of ripped up junkmail back in its prepaid envelope and sent it back from whence it came.’
      • ‘It also offers a prepaid postage label on its website that enables you to recycle an old cell phone from any manufacturer.’