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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 Thatcher has also voted against adding pre-paid postage on ballots over concerns over state spending. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Portland on track to see record voter turnout as Oregonians choose next secretary of state," 20 Oct. 2020 The channel has acquired about 60,000 subscribers and has started running paid ads. Eric Dexheimer,, "Tiki-torch Molotov cocktails and a ‘Syrian Hell Cannon’: Ordnance Lab blows up the internet," 16 Oct. 2020 Voters can then return the ballots — which each come with a pre-paid postage envelope — through the U.S. Postal Service or drop the ballot off at a drop-off location, polling site or the registrar’s office located at 5600 Overland Ave. Charles T. Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mail ballots begin to arrive, in-person early voting kicks off in San Diego County," 6 Oct. 2020 And, with pre-paid postage (meaning there’s no date stamp on the envelope), who will prevent cheaters from printing and mailing ballots after Election Day? Trey Trainor, National Review, "Vote by Mail: The Unintended Consequences," 5 Oct. 2020 Fans can purchase pre-paid debit cards at cash-to-card machines outside sections 116 and 153. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts game day: What fans need to know to attend games during coronavirus pandemic," 9 Sep. 2020 If the controlling board approves pre-paid postage on September 14, LaRose said the deadline is logistically tight, but said his office will provide first-class postage to Ohio's county board of elections. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "GOP state politicians call on Big Ten commissioner to allow football season," 8 Sep. 2020 Those at Brown University won an emergency fund for coronavirus relief in their recent union contract, while graduate students at the University of Illinois at Chicago secured mental health counseling and more paid sick leave. Washington Post, "‘It’s emotionally exhausting’: Grad student workers feel the stress of the pandemic," 3 Sep. 2020 Kicking the can: State lawmakers have asked for more time to consider Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s request to spend up to $3 million on pre-paid postage for absentee ballot envelopes, Tobias reports. cleveland, "Ohio Republican lawmakers start quixotic bid to impeach GOP Gov. Mike DeWine: Capitol Letter," 25 Aug. 2020

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1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Paid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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