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

The fees coyotes charge has become increasingly expensive over time. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Does Trump think there are actual coyotes coming over the border?," 21 Dec. 2018 Developers using the Unreal Engine also don't have to pay the usual 5 percent royalty fee when selling with Epic. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Epic Games Store launches with extremely limited selection of games," 7 Dec. 2018 According to Nelson's book, investigations into the matter led to dead-ends since the ad was delivered in person to the office and the fee paid in cash. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Pearl Harbor Still Holds a Few Mysteries," 7 Dec. 2018 Make sure to do the math before you book, as paying the fees for add-ons like your seat or extra bag may end up costing more than the $100 or so dollars to upgrade to the next fare class. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Days of Deals: U.S. to Europe from $323 Round-Trip," 20 Dec. 2018 While individual sellers have to pay fees for each item sold, the big pro here is the opportunity to reach millions of customers already comfortable with buying through Amazon. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best apps and sites for selling used home goods," 8 Nov. 2018 The referendum comes on the heels of the Supreme Court’s Janus decision, which dealt a significant blow to unions by ruling that government workers can’t be forced to pay union fees for collective bargaining. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Missouri voters reject right-to-work law in rare win for unions," 2 Oct. 2018 BuzzFeed reported that Marshala's arrest left her with a $2,000 court fee and caused her to lose her part-time job at a local Walmart. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Texas A&M-Commerce Student's Mugshot Goes Viral Because of Her Makeup," 7 Aug. 2018 Do not pay fees for classes, registrations, or test shots. Danielle Fox, Seventeen, "Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Model?," 17 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
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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