fee

noun
\ ˈfē How to pronounce fee (audio) \

Definition of fee

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : an estate in land held in feudal law from a lord on condition of homage and service
(2) : a piece of land so held
b : an inherited or heritable estate in land
2a : a fixed charge
b : a sum paid or charged for a service
in fee
: in absolute and legal possession

fee

verb
feed; feeing

Definition of fee (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 chiefly Scotland : hire

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Synonyms & Antonyms for fee

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of fee in a Sentence

Noun The admission fee is $10. a credit card with no annual fee The tuition fees went up this year. We returned the library book late and had to pay a late fee. His insurance covers the doctor's fee. They paid a fortune in legal fees. Verb the townspeople fee country lasses as housemaids, nurses, and cooks
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ser Educacional has a right to match a superior proposal and to receive a fee if Laureate terminates the agreement to accept another bid. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore-based Laureate Education to sell off South American universities, Walden University," 15 Sep. 2020 The county overestimated the amount of money a statewide phone bill fee would produce, funding that county officials had hoped would help fund additional positions. Mary Grace Keller, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Overnight calls to 911 for Westminster police to be handled by Carroll County staff," 15 Sep. 2020 The company earns revenue through a flat transaction fee and by taking a percentage of each sale. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Sneaker collector, cofounder of hot Detroit startup StockX departs," 15 Sep. 2020 Pre-sale tickets are $4 for students and $6 for adults, plus a 10-percent online convenience fee. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Katy ISD announces 50 percent attendance plan for athletics," 14 Sep. 2020 The development agreement's changes include Irgens Partners paying a $1 million fee to the county in return for developing buildings with more space than originally allowed. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UWM's plan for Wauwatosa research buildings is being replaced by a proposed business park -- with county approval," 14 Sep. 2020 The levy increase would be used to fund reconstruction on a portion of the Lakewalk and a streetlight program previously approved by the council to replace a monthly fee. Katie Galioto, Star Tribune, "Duluth braces for more budget trouble in 2021," 11 Sep. 2020 Cost: $180 per person or $162 per ACE member, plus a $25 materials fee. courant.com, "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 10 Sep. 2020 On the other end of the spectrum, American Express offers the premium Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant, which carries a $450 annual fee but comes loaded with perks and benefits. Carly Helfand, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Ways to Book a Socially Distanced Getaway Using Points," 10 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of fee

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fee

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French fé, fief, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English feoh cattle, property, Old High German fihu cattle; akin to Latin pecus cattle, pecunia money

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The first known use of fee was in the 14th century

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18 Sep 2020

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“Fee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fee. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for fee

fee

noun
How to pronounce fee (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of fee

: an amount of money that must be paid
: an amount that is paid for work done by a doctor, lawyer, etc.

fee

noun
\ ˈfē How to pronounce fee (audio) \

Kids Definition of fee

1 : an amount of money that must be paid A fee is charged to get into the park.
2 : a charge for services a doctor's fee

fee

noun

Legal Definition of fee

1 : an inheritable freehold estate in real property especially : fee simple — compare leasehold, life estate at estate
absolute fee
: a fee granted with no restrictions or limitations on alienability : fee simple absolute at fee simple
conditional fee
: a fee that is subject to a condition: as
a : fee simple conditional at fee simple
defeasible fee
: a fee that is subject to terminating or being terminated
determinable fee
: a defeasible fee that terminates automatically upon the occurrence of a specified event : fee simple determinable at fee simple
fee patent
: a fee simple absolute that is granted by a patent from the U.S. government also : a patent that grants a fee simple absolute the land shall have the same status as though such fee patent had never been issued U.S. Code

Note: Allotments of parcels of land in reservations are held in private ownership by fee patents.

fee tail
: a fee which is granted to an individual and to that individual's descendants, which is subject to a reversion or a remainder if a tenant in tail dies with no lineal descendants, and which is not freely alienable — see also entail entry 1, De Donis Conditionalibus — compare fee simple conditional at fee simple

Note: The fee tail developed out of the fee simple conditional as a means to ensure that property would remain intact and in the family. Instead of giving the grantee a fee simple absolute once he or she has a child, which the grantee could then alienate (as by selling), the fee tail creates a future interest in the descendants which prevents the grantee and the descendants from alienating the property. A fee tail is created by a conveyance to the grantee and to the heirs of the grantee's body. In most jurisdictions, the fee tail is not recognized.

2 : a fixed amount or percentage charged especially : a sum paid or charged for a service attorney fees
contingency fee
: a fee for the services of a lawyer paid upon successful completion of the services and usually calculated as a percentage of the gain obtained for the client

called also contingency, contingent fee

— compare champerty, maintenance
filing fee
: a fee charged for the filing of a document

Note: Filing fees are ordinarily charged in civil matters with the filing of the complaint.

jury fee
: a fee that is assessed in some courts as part of the cost of a civil jury trial
origination fee
: a fee charged by a lender for the preparation and processing of a loan
in fee
: under title that creates a fee

History and Etymology for fee

Middle English, fief, from Old French , fief, ultimately from a Germanic word akin to Old High German fehu cattle

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