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

Examples of payer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Newsom’s wake-up call came on the heels of tense legislative debates on bills that would have empowered the state to set health care prices and created a single-payer system. Angela Hart And Samantha Young, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Oct. 2021 Democratic state lawmakers have again introduced legislation to create a universal, single-payer health-care system in Ohio. cleveland, 11 Oct. 2021 SPD - Continue support for tax-payer money to buy electric cars, subsidize charging networks, no end date for ICE sales, end of unlimited speed highways. Neil Winton, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 The solution to this is not necessarily a single-payer program. Fred Bauer, National Review, 12 Oct. 2020 For years, the Department of Defense was giving millions of dollars of tax-payer money to the NFL (as well as the other major sports leagues) for acts of patriotism. Tyler Stafford, Houston Chronicle, 23 Sep. 2020 The authors serve as leaders of Physicians for a National Health Program, a nonprofit organization that favors expanding insurance through a single payer program. Adam W. Gaffney, STAT, 15 Sep. 2020 The report commissioned by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and released last week looked at the first two years of Medicare participation in Vermont in what is known as the all-payer model of health care. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2021 Medicare population participating in the all-payer model., 3 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of payer

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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20 Oct 2021

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“Payer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of payer

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


Legal Definition of payer

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