un·​paid | \ ˌən-ˈpād \

Definition of unpaid

1 : not paid an unpaid volunteer
2 : not paying a salary an unpaid position

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Examples of unpaid in a Sentence

I have a pile of unpaid bills sitting on my desk. The city is trying to collect unpaid taxes. She took three months of unpaid leave from her job. I served as an unpaid consultant on the project.
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On December 2nd, an anonymous employee posted a review to the company rating website Glassdoor that claimed Arrivo employees had been placed on unpaid leave. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "Hyperloop startup Arrivo is shutting down as workers are laid off," 15 Dec. 2018 The firm had first filed a suit against Cosby earlier this month for $50,000 in unpaid invoices, the New York Post's Page Six reported. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Bill Cosby's ex-attorneys look to collect $282G in unpaid fees: report," 28 Sep. 2018 The move arrives over a year after Trump distanced herself from the company and became an unpaid advisor to her father, President Donald Trump, WSJ adds. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ivanka Trump's Fashion Brand Is Shutting Down," 24 July 2018 In 2017, Tanzania banned some of Acacia’s exports and served the company with a $190 billion bill for what the government has said were unpaid taxes, penalties and interest accumulated over the past 17 years. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "Britain’s Fraud Office Investigates Acacia Mining," 14 Dec. 2018 During Tuesday's hearing, an assistant U.S. attorney said Avenatti had not made a payment that was due last week for unpaid taxes as part of the agreement that was reached in January. Michael Balsamo, chicagotribune.com, "Judge orders law firm of Stormy Daniels' lawyer to pay $10M," 22 May 2018 First Daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, who both serve as unpaid advisers to President Donald Trump, earned at least $82 million in income last year and could have made up to $222 million, according to The New York Times. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Are Spending Taxpayer Money on Security for Their Vacations," 14 Dec. 2018 At that point, the bills have usually gone through several collection agencies and have remained unpaid for months or even years. Korin Miller, SELF, "How 2 Women Bought and Forgave More Than $1 Million in Strangers' Medical Debt," 7 Dec. 2018 One idea: Assign some basic responsibilities as unpaid (e.g., making your bed) and others as paid (mowing the lawn), so kids can earn part of their allowance. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Where Do You Stand on the Toughest Parenting Questions?," 24 July 2018

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First Known Use of unpaid

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of unpaid

: needing to be paid

: done or taken without payment

: not receiving money for work that is done


un·​paid | \ ˌən-ˈpād \

Kids Definition of unpaid

: not paid unpaid bills

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