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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Village Board unanimously passed an ordinance last month that permits a developer to pay a fee for offsite stormwater storage rather than, for example, using up some of the square footage of the property for a retention pond. Gary Gibula, Chicago Tribune, 7 May 2022 Until now, players needed to pay a monthly fee to access Microsoft’s library of games, just like other streaming entertainment services. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 Barca are highly unlikely to pay the fee between $30-40mn that his Premier PINC -0.7% League employers want for the La Masia academy product, and the English outfit also seem uninterested in a part exchange for Francisco Trincao. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 3 May 2022 After watching rates rise steadily over the past two months, the couple decided to pay a rate-lock fee of $4,500 to secure a rate of 5.5% in late April. Orla Mccaffrey, WSJ, 2 May 2022 Nonetheless, the village still requires students to pay a $40 administrative fee. Jennifer Smith Richards, ProPublica, 28 Apr. 2022 According to Mega Millions, the scammers are hoping the unsuspecting recipient will pay a large fee to claim the prize that does not exist. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 27 Apr. 2022 The program was open to anyone who passed a background check, had a U.S. passport or visa and could pay a $129 annual fee. San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Apr. 2022 Netflix estimates that some 100 million of its users share passwords, and is now testing services that make users pay a fee for adding members to their accounts. David Sims, The Atlantic, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fee. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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