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Syllabification: fee

Definition of fee in English:


1A payment made to a professional person or to a professional or public body in exchange for advice or services.
Example sentences
  • These are associated with legal fees and professional services which are yet to be fully completed.
  • The price may be as various as the amount paid for a specific commodity, an hourly wage rate, or a professional fee for technical advice, or an insurance premium and so on.
  • Such a body could charge a fee for their services, which participating hospitals would only be willing to pay.
payment, wage, salary, allowance;
price, cost, charge, tariff, rate, amount, sum, figure;
(fees)remuneration, dues, earnings, pay;
formal emolument
1.1Money paid as part of a special transaction, e.g., for a privilege or for admission to something: the gallery charges an admission fee
More example sentences
  • The money-lender refused to give money for my admission fees.
  • Exchanging European banknotes to rupiah and only then converting them into the euro would cost customers twice the transaction fees money changers charged.
  • She wrote to MPs after Chancellor Gordon Brown announced he intended to stop charitable attractions claiming tax rebates on admission fees.
1.2 (usually fees) Money regularly paid (especially to a school or similar institution) for continuing services: high tuition fees required by the schools
More example sentences
  • When it comes to student debt, the responsibilities of the institution to collect outstanding fees continues and it will be carried over.
  • Instead of increasing working class numbers, the introduction of tuition fees will continue to squeeze out prospective poorer students.
  • Tuition fees can't continue to rise in British Columbia without our eventually shooting ourselves in the foot.
2 Law , historical An estate of land, especially one held on condition of feudal service.
Example sentences
  • Property division and the redemption of feudal fees aroused numerous disputes between feudatories and comuni, requiring a lengthy examination of titles and deeds.

verb (fees, feeing, fee'd or feed)

[with object] rare Back to top  
Make a payment to (someone) in return for services.
Example sentences
  • Others offer discounts on software purchases to subscribers of their once-free, now fee'd, online service.
  • Militarily, however, the changes weakened the family by undermining established structures of lordship, even though the king fee'd 66 local gentry in a bid to strengthen the men at the wardens' disposal.
  • Death, that inexorable judge, had passed sentence on him and refused to grant him a reprieve, though two doctors who arrived and were fee'd at one and the same instant, were his counsel.


Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French feu, fief, from medieval Latin feodum, feudum, ultimately of Germanic origin. Compare with feu and fief.


hold something in fee

Law , historical Hold an estate in return for feudal service to a superior.

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