\ˈpād \

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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank in Harwich Port, Mass., built a paid intern program last year to attract college students and create a pipeline of young talent. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "Unpaid Internships Are Going Out of Style," 2 July 2018 So the future of PUBG is likely as a mobile, free-to-play title — and not as a paid PC game distributed on Steam — that uses monetization strategies pioneered by Epic with Fortnite. Nick Statt, The Verge, "PUBG is copying Fortnite’s smartest feature with its new seasonal Event Pass," 20 June 2018 Atavist’s primary product is a publishing software platform with free and paid tiers. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, " Owner Buys Atavist, Maker of Subscription-Offering Publishing Software," 21 June 2018 In 2016, the app added a paid service; for $7 a month, users can interact with an unlimited number of potential matches and gain access to other exclusive features. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Facebook Dating Looks a Lot Like Hinge," 3 May 2018 But a Washington Post examination found that for some popular product categories, such as bluetooth headphones and speakers, the vast majority of reviews appear to violate Amazon's prohibition on paid reviews. Author: Elizabeth Dwoskin, Craig Timberg, Anchorage Daily News, "How merchants quietly use Facebook to flood Amazon with fake reviews," 24 Apr. 2018 McDermott will remain on paid administrative leave until an investigation by the department’s internal affairs unit. Nicholas Rondinone,, "New Haven Police Officer Placed On Leave," 25 Apr. 2018 Orr, who could not be reached for comment, will remain on paid administrative leave with the district through July 31. Keith Bierygolick,, "Ex-superintendent was accused of sexual harassment, 'ethnically hostile' behavior," 24 Apr. 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

: having been paid for


Kids Definition of paid

past tense and past participle of pay

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