Definition of paid in English:


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Pronunciation: /peɪd
past and past participle of pay1


1(Of work or leave) for or during which one receives pay: five weeks paid holiday a year
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  • When a child is ill it should be accepted that fathers will need paid leave to help care for the child.
  • Please can you suggest some form of genuine paid work at home that my husband or I could do?
  • The Essex study shows women spend less time on household chores but do more paid work.
1.1 [attributive] (Of a person in a specified occupation) in receipt of pay: a paid informer
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  • It was also rumoured that he was the second highest paid artist in the world next to Picasso.
  • It is run by a small team of paid staff and a large number of volunteers from all over the world.
  • They appear to be of much more value to the area and its people than the paid officials.


put paid to

informal Stop abruptly; destroy: Denmark’s victory put paid to our hopes of qualifying
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  • But three tries in the space of five minutes just before half-time put paid to any chance of victory.
  • Play was due to resume again at 6pm but a squall put paid to that.
  • The floods that threatened to deluge the centre of York yesterday put paid to virtually all weekend river match action.
forestall, thwart, frustrate, baulk, stand in the way of;
scotch, derail, foil, smash, dash;
informal put the stopper on, put the kibosh on, do for, stymie
British informal scupper, put the mockers on, nobble

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