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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Recent Examples on the Web Those who refuse to get the vaccine while wanting to remain home, can take unpaid leave of absence with full benefits, Chicago Public Schools said. NBC News, "Potential Chicago school lock out could trigger teachers union strike," 6 Feb. 2021 About 18,000 employees took buyouts or early retirement, and others were on unpaid leave. David Koenig, ajc, "A $12 billion loss for 2020, Delta is cautious in early 2021," 14 Jan. 2021 The university placed Brown on unpaid leave on Monday while officials review the matter, spokeswoman Alison Bibb-Carson said. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Former Cleveland State employee gave contracts to relatives’ companies in exchange for bribes, indictment says," 12 Jan. 2021 What about workers who have no unpaid sick leave and have legitimate fears about side effects from the shots? Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "The Best Evidence for How to Overcome COVID Vaccine Fears," 7 Jan. 2021 Adjusting to the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Queen took part in her first public video call to salute unpaid caregivers in June. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Queen Elizabeth Was Serenaded with a Classic Christmas Song During Latest Video Call," 15 Dec. 2020 Younger adults, racial and ethnic minorities, essential workers, and unpaid adult caregivers, are being hit the hardest, turning to substance use and suicide. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Authorities: Ypsilanti apartment deaths on Thanksgiving were a suicide and an accident," 9 Dec. 2020 An August report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that two-thirds of unpaid caregivers for adults had at least one mental health condition, including anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation. Shefali Luthra, USA TODAY, "For family caregivers, COVID is a mental health crisis in the making," 17 Oct. 2020 Younger adults, people of color, essential workers and unpaid caregivers reported worse mental health, according to the CDC, which suggested increasing prevention efforts that prioritize these groups. Alison Bowen, chicagotribune.com, "Young adults, people of color and unpaid caregivers face increased mental health risks 6 months into pandemic," 11 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of unpaid

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Feb 2021

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“Unpaid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpaid. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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