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Definition of paid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense and past participle of pay



Definition of paid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : marked by the receipt of pay paid vacation time
2 : being or having been paid or paid for a paid official a paid political announcement

Examples of paid in a Sentence


She is one of the few paid public officials in a town run mostly by volunteers. She was given a paid day off to deal with some personal matters.

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Verletta White will become a paid consultant to the Baltimore County’s new superintendent next week, earning a salary of $232,700 for the next year. Liz Bowie,, "Baltimore County interim superintendent Verletta White, now demoted, will earn $232,700 consulting salary," 25 June 2019 It has been frequently sued and accused of profiting from the negative reports by offering a paid service to clean up the reputational damage. James V. Grimaldi, WSJ, "Whitaker Said to Angrily Demand Website Remove Posts About Patent Firm," 14 Nov. 2018 That includes more than 10 million daily active users, who collectively spend more than 50 million hours in active use of Slack in a typical week, on either a free or paid subscription plan, according to the company. Mae Anderson,, "Slack is going public, but through a direct listing, not an IPO. Here’s what that means.," 20 June 2019 Will a bumper crop of high-end RFAs looking to get paid top dollar force teams into making deals to meet budgetary constraints? Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, "NHL Draft fireworks? Sharks’ Doug Wilson says there’s been “a lot of buzz”," 20 June 2019 The next lowest paid (male) employee was paid $4,286 per month, and the highest paid (male) area manager received $5,236 per month. Beth Dreher, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the Gender Wage Gap?," 12 June 2019 The emails showed that MacCord offered a paid summer internship to Evans’s son with Digi Outdoor Media — a company founded by MacCord that is affiliated with Digi Media Communications — in June 2016. Peter Jamison, Washington Post, "Ethics officials examine D.C. lawmaker’s business ties to digital sign company," 2 May 2018 The teenagers have worked all summer on the project, scheduling meetings between long drives to jobs far from the red rock and sage country of Navajo Mountain, where there is little paid work, said teacher Heather Anderson. Lindsay Whitehurst, The Seattle Times, "Navajo robotics team heads to international competition," 7 Aug. 2018 The roster will still grow via free and paid DLC in the year-plus span following the game's launch. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Smash Bros. Ultimate confirms final features—and new fighters through 2020," 1 Nov. 2018

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1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of paid

: receiving money for work
used to indicate if someone receives low or high pay for work
chiefly US : having been paid for


Kids Definition of paid

past tense and past participle of pay

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