Definition of pay as you go in English:

pay as you go

noun

  • [usually as modifier] A system of meeting costs as they arise or paying for a service before it is used.

    ‘a pay-as-you-go phone’
    ‘healthcare on a pay-as-you-go basis’
    • ‘The phones will be available in pay-as-you-go format.’
    • ‘Ever since, the system has run on a pay-as-you-go basis.’
    • ‘More clubs will offer pay-as-you-go pricing to their members in lieu of the usual three-year contracts.’
    • ‘The program will be launched amid growing concern about the viability of Russia's pay-as-you-go pension system.’
    • ‘Games can cost any where from free, to pay as you go, to a one time payment to subscription fees.’
    • ‘In every country, those pay-as-you-go systems are heading toward total disaster.’
    • ‘But in rural areas, fewer than a quarter of households have a fixed line phone, so pay-as-you-go mobiles could be attractive.’
    • ‘Some 70 per cent of mobile phones in the UK are pay as you go, and therefore not specifically tied to an individual.’
    • ‘This pay-as-you-go system will suit casual chatters better than heavy ones, who may prefer the unlimited landline calls offered, for a monthly fee, by rival networks.’
    • ‘Pensions can be pay as you go or pre-funded.’
    • ‘The second was to have a radically different business model - the idea that you can pay as you go.’
    • ‘In pay-as-you-go state pension schemes, this creates a severe financial crunch.’
    • ‘The victims appear to be punters upgrading their phones or switching between contract and pay as you go services.’
    • ‘The current pay-as-you-go system is fundamentally unsound whether or not it's in actuarial balance.’
    • ‘The old pay-as-you-go schemes still cover about 4 million government employees, from teachers to central bank analysts.’
    • ‘Whether that will take off in a market dominated by pay-as-you-go models is questionable.’
    • ‘This is a pay-as-you-go system and will incorporate friendly credit.’
    • ‘The company has 12.4 million customers, the vast majority of whom use pay-as-you-go services.’
    • ‘You can purchase connections on an as-needed, pay-as-you-go basis.’
    • ‘Software needed for this pay-as-you-go service can be ordered or downloaded free of charge.’

Pronunciation:

pay as you go

/ˈˌpā əz yo͞o ˈɡō/