Definition of fee in English:


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  • 1A payment made to a professional person or to a professional or public body in exchange for advice or services.
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    • 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; contingency fee
    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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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)

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  • Make a payment to (someone) in return for services.
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    • 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.


hold something in fee

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


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.

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