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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

Adjective 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Are employers trending toward providing more paid holidays or vacation days for employees? Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 19 Apr. 2021 Oregon is among the easiest, if not the easiest, places in the nation to vote, given our vote-by-mail system, pre-paid postage and automatic voter registration. oregonlive, 13 Aug. 2021 Once business owners enroll at, packages with pre-paid postage can be taken to the back dock of select postal facilities. Alexandra Skores, Dallas News, 19 July 2021 Smith, who got to drive home with a 24-month, pre-paid lease on a new Lexus ES 350, heard her name drawn during United Way of Broward County’s MISSION UNITED volunteer appreciation event. Brett Shweky,, 22 Apr. 2021 Insure the pre-paid and non-refundable parts of your vacation under trip cancellation insurance. Erica Lamberg, Robb Report, 26 June 2021 Since May 3, the city of Detroit has offered a $50 pre-paid debit card to Good Neighbor drivers who pre-register to bring a Detroiter to his or her first-dose vaccination. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 25 June 2021 According to an eMarketer estimate, 67.9% of U.S. marketers will use influencer marketing for paid or unpaid campaigns this year. Dave Platter, Forbes, 7 June 2021 Republicans also have sought to ban pre-paid postage on return envelopes for absentee ballots. Fredreka Schouten, CNN, 16 May 2021

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First Known Use of paid


1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Paid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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
: having been paid for


Kids Definition of paid

past tense and past participle of pay

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