pay·er | \ˈpā-ər \
variants: or less commonly payor \ˈpā-ər, (ˌ)pā-ˈȯr \

Definition of payer 

: one that pays especially : the person by whom a bill or note has been or should be paid He is a prompt bill payer.

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Heins said about 10 percent of teachers represented by CTA are fair share payers. Adam Ashton, sacbee, "Court case will cost California unions big money immediately. Then the real fight begins.," 28 June 2018 He's gone after our allies, he's gone after our NFL payers, he's gone after Justin Trudeau and he's gone after-- INGRAHAM: He's gone after Justin Trudeau? Fox News, "Mike Huckabee: Peter Fonda ought to be in jail," 27 June 2018 The county is overseeing a clean-up paid for by rate-payers that includes 10 extraction wells along the canals' western edge that will be used to pump out salty water and act as a barrier to the spreading plume. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "FPL wants to keep old reactors running. New sea-rise studies could stand in the way," 1 June 2018 Perhaps ironically, the state doesn’t want to tar the reputations of people who have paid their debt to society … even as these debt-payers are denied society’s rights. Scott Maxwell,, "In Florida, getting back civil rights means groveling to politicians," 11 July 2018 The company has coverage with some commercial payers and is working to widen that coverage, said Myriad Genetics spokesman Ron Rogers. Courtenay Harris Bond,, "Which antidepressant is right for you? This genetic test could help," 11 July 2018 Despite the retailer’s vast reach, entering the market presented a daunting logistical challenge in terms of licensing and dealing with a range of private and government payers. Robert Langreth / Bloomberg, Time, "Amazon Makes Big Foray Into Health Care With Purchase of Pharmacy Startup PillPack," 28 June 2018 Agency-fee payers will likely be permitted to stop paying immediately, though the question of whether full members can halt payment is a little murkier. Kris Maher, WSJ, "Public-Sector Unions Brace for Fallout From Supreme Court Decision on Fees," 27 June 2018 Harris’ challenge to revamp ICE, Schickler said, is likely to create a dividing line between liberal and moderate Democrats on immigration law enforcement, much as the issue of a single-payer model on health care has cleaved the party. Joe Garofoli,, "Kamala Harris out front on new litmus test for Dems: What to do about ICE?," 25 June 2018

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of payer

: a person, organization, etc., that pays or is responsible for paying something


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