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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 WASHINGTON — Government figures show that on average, Latinas in the United States are paid 54 cents for every dollar that a white, non-Hispanic male makes. Washington Post, "US Latinas need twice the time to match white male’s income," 20 Nov. 2019 The hiring practices in question surrounded first-term Rep. Jamie Long, DFL-Minneapolis, who was hired in July to a temporary paid fellowship at the U’s Energy Transition Lab. Ryan Faircloth, Twin Cities, "UMN President Joan Gabel: Hiring of lawmaker put ‘core value’ at risk," 20 Sep. 2019 Pay to play That said, even with the complexity posed by today’s head-spinning volume, the rules are easier to enforce for paid ads than for regular contributor content. Raina Kumra, Quartz, "Mark Zuckerberg needs to shut down Facebook’s political ads," 26 Oct. 2019 The problem is the bigger the state government gets, the bigger the politics in and around it gets, the more paid staff those in power want. Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: Shorten the session if you don’t like special interest-paid legislative staff," 25 Oct. 2019 Arduin had been scheduled to leave state service Oct. 1 to become a paid consultant, but it was announced Tuesday that her term as a state employee has been extended two weeks while details of her contract with the state are worked out. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Dunleavy announces Amanda Holland as acting budget director," 2 Oct. 2019 An average of more than 1 million new subscriptions each month contributed to that, with total paid subscriptions across the country now reaching 61.1 million. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "US Recorded Music Business Grew 18% in First Half of 2019: RIAA Mid-Year Report," 5 Sep. 2019 Former Trump White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has signed on to become a paid contributor for Fox News Channel. Los Angeles Times, "Is President Trump falling out of love with Fox News?," 28 Aug. 2019 Black women in the United States are paid 61 cents for every dollar given to white men. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "9 ways African-American women can get the pay they deserve," 22 Aug. 2019

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1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Paid.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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