- An example of an imprest is when the government prepays someone building a school to buy some materials so that the school can be built.
- An example of an imprest is a fund used by a business to pay for small expenses.
Origin of imprestItalian impresto, a loan ; from (dare) in prestito, (to give) in loan ; from in, in + prestito, a loan ; from prestare, to lend ; from Classical Latin praestare, to become surety for, literally , to stand before ; from prae-, before + stare, to stand
Origin of imprestFrom obsolete Italian impresto, loan, from past participle of imprestare, to lend : in-, toward (from Latin; see in–2) + prestare, to lend (from Latin praestare, to give, from praest&omacron;, at hand; see ghes- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present imprests, present participle impresting, simple past and past participle imprested)
- To advance on loan.
Prefix form of prest, perhaps after Italian imprestare, or perhaps from a misunderstand of the phrase in prest.