Definition of prepay in English:


verbprepays, prepaying, prepaid

[with object]usually as adjective prepaid
  • 1Pay for in advance.

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