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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Both paid and unpaid internships will be available. Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Intern hiring event Tuesday in West Palm Beach," 9 July 2018 The clearest lessons from the Twitter debate involve how unpaid internships are perceived. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Are Unpaid Internships Exploitation or Opportunity? Twitter Has Some Opinions," 8 July 2018 The ownership group, Global Baristas LLC faced a lien for unpaid federal taxes worth approximately $5 million. Dom Calicchio, Fox News, "Stormy Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, also represents planned pot farm: report," 28 June 2018 The law firm also resolved a state lien last year for $7,874 in unpaid franchise taxes. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Senate candidate has history of tax debt and breach-of-contract suits," 23 June 2018 If the short-term loan period expires and the debt is unpaid, borrowers can face painful charges or be forced to refinance the loan, creating what consumer advocates see as a debt trap. Jim Puzzanghera, latimes.com, "Tougher payday loan rules issued by consumer protection bureau to remain in place ... for now," 17 May 2018 The city says the Admiral owes them the money for several years of unpaid amusement taxes. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "Politics / News Stormy's Chicago show to feature Rahm on stage—kinda," 30 Apr. 2018 Aaron began a shadowy, ongoing, definitely unpaid internship with GAT and Luis, carrying boxes and archiving the sort of flyers that used to cover tables in shops around Melrose. Cole Louison, GQ, "Agenda Trade Show Founder Aaron Levant's Long, Strange Trip," 3 Apr. 2018 And consumer advocates said utility companies will often come up with payment plans for customers trying to chip away at their unpaid bills rather than cutting them off. New York Times, "‘Totally Preventable’: How a Sick Woman Lost Electricity, and Her Life," 13 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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