un·​paid | \ ˌən-ˈpād How to pronounce unpaid (audio) \

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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Couto reported a salary of $17,600 and the other directors were unpaid. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "What we know about the group that exposed the Fair Oak Farms animal abuse," 5 June 2019 Photo: Getty The IRS is scheduled to open the individual income tax filing season on Monday, and the end of the shutdown should stem absences the IRS was struggling with when workers were unpaid. Kate Davidson, WSJ, "Returning Government Workers Likely to Confront Glitches," 25 Jan. 2019 But my enthusiasm quickly turned to anxiety upon learning the internship was unpaid. Audrey Henson, Vox, "Diversity on Capitol Hill starts with paying interns," 26 Dec. 2018 She was placed on unpaid leave on May 29 after she was arrested by federal officials. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Denver sheriff’s deputy indicted on federal drug possession charges, placed on unpaid leave while agency investigates," 3 June 2019 About 800,000 employees in the affected agencies are either deemed essential and working without pay or are on unpaid leave. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "‘Washington Is Pretty Broken’: Shutdown Fight Rattles Freshman Lawmakers," 18 Jan. 2019 About 420,000 government employees are already working without pay, and 380,000 are on unpaid leave, according to earlier reporting by the Wall Street Journal. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B's Impassioned Government Shutdown Video Even Had Lawmakers Talking," 17 Jan. 2019 An Ohio school resource officer was placed on unpaid leave after activating a Taser to wake a sleeping student. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Ohio school resource officer used Taser to wake sleeping student: police," 6 Sep. 2018 Tuesday’s meeting included calls to fire Rosfeld, who Simon said remains on unpaid leave, according to the Tribune-Review. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Following Antwon Rose's Killing, East Pittsburgh Is Considering Dissolving Its Police Force," 22 Aug. 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 How to pronounce unpaid (audio) \

Kids Definition of unpaid

: not paid unpaid bills

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