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Related to imprest: imprest fund


An advance or a loan of funds, especially for services rendered to a government.

[From 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).]


1. (Commerce) a fund of cash from which a department or other unit pays incidental expenses, topped up periodically from central funds
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) chiefly Brit an advance from government funds for the performance of some public business or service
3. (Military) Brit (formerly) an advance payment of wages to a sailor or soldier
[C16: probably from Italian imprestare to lend, from Latin in- towards + praestāre to pay, from praestō at hand; see presto]


(ˈɪm prɛst)

an advance of money; loan.
[1560–70; probably n. use of obsolete v. imprest to advance money to < Italian imprestare]
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So spake, so wish'd much-humbl'd EVE, but Fate Subscrib'd not; Nature first gave Signs, imprest On Bird, Beast, Aire, Aire suddenly eclips'd After short blush of Morn; nigh in her sight The Bird of JOVE, stoopt from his aerie tour, Two Birds of gayest plume before him drove: Down from a Hill the Beast that reigns in Woods, First Hunter then, pursu'd a gentle brace, Goodliest of all the Forrest, Hart and Hinde; Direct to th' Eastern Gate was bent thir flight.
Way Imprest Materials Related To Mgr And Railway Siding Work For Expansion Of Thermal Power Project Of Ntpc/Simhadri
These stations have been provided with additional imprest of Rs2,000 each (Dh120).
5m ([pounds sterling]2m) from his employer by: (i) diverting imprest refunds that should have been deposited in its account; (ii) diverting funds from his employer's account through unauthorised cheque withdrawals into his own account; and (iii) diverting funds of rental income due to his employer.
For deposit accounts only, a customers foreign currency would be segregated, a receipt prepared, and the currency and receipt kept by customer name or account number in an imprest drawer.
The Vice Chancellor told the conference that the financial position of the regional offices has also been strengthened, including enhancement of imprest amount and remuneration for tutors.
3) Thomas Kendall for the making of Dressings and other necessaries for the Children of her ma'es maske as appeareth by his bill of the particulers therof entituled the Bill for the Torchebearers signed by the said Thomas Kendall amounting to the some of xliij[li] xiij[s] x[d] & heere allowed and paid [as folioweth] viz to the said Thomas Kendall by waie of imprest by warrant from the Lo Sidney & william ffowler esquire [two of her ma[tes] Counsell] dated the xxxth of Decembre 1603 x[li] and to James Kyrton gent as parcell of ccxliij[li] xvj[s] ij[d] by him rec by vertue [of] a warrante signed by her ma[tic] bearinge date the xxth daie of Ianuarie 1603 xxxiij[li] xiij[s] iiij[d].
The general financial environment of the university is such that allocations are made to the library, but apart from small imprest accounts, no money is held in the library.
At the Commission's ER Office, we identified the following internal control and accounting procedure deficiencies: (1) Imprest cash counts were not timely and reports had inaccuracies.
Four hospitals with similar wards were utilised; three used the imprest system, one the unit dose system.
Light are her sallies as the tripping fawn's Forth-startled from the fern where she lay couched; Unthought of, unexpected, as the stir Of the soft breeze ruffling the meadow-flowers, Or from before it chasing wantonly The many-colored images imprest Upon the bosom of the placid lake.
This can range from full stores management, parts supply and inventory funding to simply parts support on an imprest basis.