Definition of fee in English:

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Pronunciation: /fiː/


1A payment made to a professional person or to a professional or public body in exchange for advice or services: they were faced with legal fees of £3000
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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, emolument, wage, salary, allowance, stipend, handout;
price, cost, charge, tariff, toll, rate, amount, sum, figure, percentage, commission, consideration, honorarium;
(fees) remuneration, dues, earnings, pay
1.1Money paid as part of a special transaction, for example for a privilege or for admission to something: an annual membership 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 to a school or similar institution for continuing services: tuition fees have now reached $9000 a year
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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)

[with object] rare
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, feud, and fief.

  • A word bound up with the medieval feudal system, in which the nobles held Crown land in exchange for military service while the peasants were obliged to work their lord's land and give him a share of the produce. A fee was originally a fief (early 17th century) or feudal estate, from which it developed through the meanings ‘the right to an office or pension’, ‘a tribute to a superior’, and ‘a benefit or reward’ to the modern sense. The word comes from Old French feu or fief, and is related to feudal (early 17th century).

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