Imprest
Imprest Im"prest ([i^]m"pr[e^]st), n. [Cf. It. impresto, imprestito, LL. impraestitum. See {Imprest}, v. t., and {Impress} compulsion to serve.] A kind of earnest money; loan; -- specifically, money advanced for some public service, as in enlistment. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

The clearing of their imprests for what little of their debts they have received. --Pepys.


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  • imprest — im‧prest [ɪmˈprest] noun [uncountable] ACCOUNTING a sum of money given to someone in an organization to make small payments: • This petty cash is kept on the imprest system, whereby the petty cashier is entrusted with a fixed sum of money. * * *… …   Financial and business terms

  • Imprest — Im*prest ([i^]m*pr[e^]st ), v. t. [ imp. & p. p. {Imprested}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Impresting}.] [Pref. im + prest: cf. It. imprestare. See {Prest}, n.] To advance on loan. Burke. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imprest — index loan Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • imprest — [im′prest΄] n. [It impresto, a loan < (dare) in prestito, (to give) in loan < in, in + prestito, a loan < prestare, to lend < L praestare, to become surety for, lit., to stand before < prae , before + stare, to STAND] a loan or… …   English World dictionary

  • imprest — noun Etymology: obsolete imprest to lend, probably from Italian imprestare Date: 1568 a loan or advance of money …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • imprest — imprest1 /im prest/, n. an advance of money; loan. [1560 70; prob. n. use of obs. v. imprest to advance money to < It imprestare < L im IM 1 + praestare to be responsible for (prae PRE + stare to STAND, influenced in sense by praes, s. praed… …   Universalium

  • imprest — im•prest [[t]ˈɪm prɛst[/t]] n. an advance of money; loan • Etymology: 1560–70; prob. n. use of obs. v. imprest to advance money to < It imprestare …   From formal English to slang

  • imprest — I. /ˈɪmprɛst / (say imprest) noun 1. an advance of money, especially for some public business. 2. History an advance payment made to a soldier or sailor at enlistment. {im 1 + prest (from Old French prester lend, from Medieval Latin imprestare to …   Australian English dictionary

  • imprest — See auditors of the imprest …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • imprest — noun an advance of funds, especially from a government or civil service …   Wiktionary

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