fee

noun
\ˈfē \

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

ante, charge, cost, damage, figure, freight, price, price tag

Synonyms: Verb

assume, employ, engage, hire, lay on [chiefly British], pay, place, recruit, retain, sign (up or on), take on

Antonyms: Verb

ax (or axe), can, discharge, dismiss, fire, sack

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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

Financial institutions tend to require minimum balances, charge monthly fees, or impose penalties for overdrafts. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Why cashless retailers put low-income people at even more of a disadvantage," 30 Nov. 2018 With Google Fi, the same data will cost you more than $90 with taxes and fees. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Google Fi wireless service now works with iPhones and most Android phones, but there’s a catch," 28 Nov. 2018 The two have set up a funding account for people who want to sponsor or donate money toward someone's retreat fees, focusing mainly on women with metastatic or stage four breast cancer. Alexis Jones, Woman's Day, "This Couple Is Giving Breast Cancer Survivors a Place to Call Paradise," 28 Sep. 2018 Many states provide licenses for a nominal fee, or even free, that permit people to remove trees from state land. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Right Way to Stack Firewood," 28 Sep. 2018 Annual tuition and fees at the Santa Fe campus exceeded $54,000 for the current school year. Morgan Lee, Fox News, "Small private US college slashes tuition by $17K annually," 12 Sep. 2018 Patients generally pay between $10,000 and $18,000 (plus OR and anesthesia fees) and are out of commission for a week or two (child care is a must during this stretch). Jolene Edgar, Allure, "Life in Plastic: A Complete Guide to the "Mommy Makeover"," 16 July 2018 Everything covered under Medicare-for-all will be provided without cost, meaning no fees, no copays, and no deductibles. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Medicare for All Won’t Bring Medicare to All," 13 July 2018 After full payment, prices are guaranteed except only due to an increase in government imposed taxes or fees. USA TODAY, "Deal watch: Seven nights in Fiji and Samoa for $2,349," 12 July 2018

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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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fee

noun

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 \

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

b : fee simple on condition subsequent 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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