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
- 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 imprestFrom obsolete Italian impresto loan from past participle of imprestare to lend in- toward ( from Latin; see in- 2. ) prestare to lend ( from Latin praestāre to give ) ( from praestō 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.