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 Responding to Covid-19 The budget model assumes that there would be subsidies for low-income individuals who couldn’t afford the premiums, but most middle income people and high earners would pay the same fee for health care under a premium system. Laura Davison, Bloomberg.com, "Medicare for All Could Grow the Economy—Or Cause Financial Havoc," 20 May 2020 The company employs workers to shop for and deliver groceries and other household items ordered online through an app, paying them a fee for each delivery. Aaron Randle, New York Times, "‘I Feel Like a Hero’: A Day in the Life of a Grocery Delivery Man," 18 May 2020 Students will not have to pay another fee to retest, but students who have already paid or do not want to retest and would like a refund will need to talk to their school's AP coordinator, according to a statement from The College Board. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "High school students who took AP exams online may have to retake them because of a glitch," 15 May 2020 Instacart shoppers pay a fee to use the bots, which are also a problem on services like Amazon Flex. Alana Semuels, Time, "'It's a Race to the Bottom.' The Coronavirus is Cutting Into Gig Worker Incomes as the Newly Jobless Flood Apps," 15 May 2020 In the months prior to the coronavirus outbreak, some ransomware attackers had started to steal hacked companies’ data and threaten to publish it online unless victims paid ransom fees. Catherine Stupp, WSJ, "Hackers Change Ransomware Tactics to Exploit Coronavirus Crisis," 14 May 2020 Currently, however, uninsured people can end up paying a fee of around $40 at the pharmacy to receive a flu shot. Molly Longman, refinery29.com, "Would A Coronavirus Vaccine Be Free For All Americans? It’s Complicated," 13 May 2020 Nygren, the co-chairman of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, would not say whether Evers should personally pay the attorney fees. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As with other legal fights between Democrats and Republicans in Wisconsin, taxpayers are left with the bills," 13 May 2020 Trump has indicated in order to tap this line of credit, the Postal Service must raise its fees, the Post reports. TheWeek, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg released from hospital," 7 May 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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25 May 2020

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“Fee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fee. Accessed 31 May. 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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