pay·​er | \ ˈpā-ər How to pronounce payer (audio) \
variants: or less commonly payor \ ˈpā-​ər How to pronounce payor (audio) , (ˌ)pā-​ˈȯr How to pronounce payor (audio) \

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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Marsh Dog wants to relieve tax payers of the $2 million used to pay tail bounty help eradicate nutria from wetlands with a commerce solution. Victoria Dodge, USA TODAY, "A rodent-like pest destroying the Louisiana coast finds new enemy in dog treat business," 7 Sep. 2019 School buses are typically funded by state education budgets with tax-payer dollars, the same money which is being used by districts to pay for Zūm, according to the company. Peter Holley, Washington Post, "Zūm, a ride-hailing company for kids, expands to six more U.S. cities, including Washington D.C.," 30 Aug. 2019 Embrace new ways of thinking Expand a multi-payer global budget program that caps hospital spending in certain areas. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Here's how Pete Buttigieg would improve rural health care," 9 Aug. 2019 Existing real-time payment systems also typically notify payers immediately that their money has been received. Clare Duffy, CNN, "The Fed is getting into the real-time payments business," 5 Aug. 2019 The Suns could offer a series of expiring deals that could save the Thunder franchise literally hundreds of millions of dollars over the next several years given their status as a repeat luxury tax payer. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Oklahoma City Thunder speculation includes Phoenix Suns," 8 July 2019 The arguments largely echoed the previous night with the candidates who support Medicare for all combating the proponents of a public option, though with disagreements on what defined a single-payer system., "Midwestern issues receive some play during second night of Democratic debates," 1 Aug. 2019 But analysis after analysis shows that citizens of similarly wealthy countries with single-payer systems pay less, and also get better outcomes. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "A reminder to B-list Democratic candidates: The US has a bad health care system," 30 July 2019 Vertex is known for its pioneering treatments for cystic fibrosis (although, it should be noted, the price tags associated with those drugs have elicited plenty of controversy, especially in countries with single payer health systems). Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "A $43 Billion Biotech Now Has a Female CEO: Brainstorm Health," 25 July 2019

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First Known Use of payer

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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