Definition of fee noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  1. 1  an amount of money that you pay for professional advice or services legal fees Does the bank charge a fee for setting up the account? fee-paying schools (= that you have to pay to go to) Synonymsratecharge fee rent fine fare toll rentalThese are all words for an amount of money that is charged or paid for something.rate a fixed amount of money that is asked or paid for something:a low hourly rate of pay interest ratescharge an amount of money that is asked for goods or services:an admission chargefee (rather formal) an amount of money that you have to pay for professional advice or services, to go to a school or college, or to join an organization:legal fees an annual membership fee rent an amount of money that you regularly have to pay for use of a building or room. In American English, rent can be used to mean rental:The weekly rent on the car was over $300.fine a sum of money that must be paid as punishment for breaking a law or rule:a parking finefare the money that you pay to travel by bus, plane, taxi, etc.toll an amount of money that you have to pay to use a particular road or bridge.rental an amount of money that you have to pay to use something for a particular period of time.rent or rental?In British English rent is only money paid to use a building or room: for other items use rental. In American English rent can be used for both, but rental is still more common for other items.Patterns (a) rate/​charge/​fee/​rent/​fine/​fare/​toll/​rental for something (a) rate/​charge/​fee/​rent/​toll/​rental on something at a rate/​charge/​fee/​rent/​fare/​rental of… for a charge/​fee to pay (a) rate/​charge/​fee/​rent/​fine/​fare/​toll/​rental to charge (a) rate/​fee/​rent/​fare/​toll/​rental See related entries: University life
  2. 2  an amount of money that you pay to join an organization, or to do something membership fees There is no entrance fee to the gallery. See related entries: Teaching and learning, Access to education
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French feu, fief, from medieval Latin feodum, feudum, ultimately of Germanic origin. Compare with feud and fief.Extra examples Additional security fees apply. All fees are payable when the invoice is issued. Employees are reimbursed for any legal fees incurred when they relocate. For a small fee, anyone can use these facilities. Freelance writers often set their own fees. He agreed to waive his usual fee. I expect you had to pay a fat fee to your divorce lawyers. Many tax advisers now offer fixed fee interviews. Send the form, together with the appropriate fee, to the Land Registry. She negotiated a fee of $1 800 a week. The admission fee has gone up. The company will earn a fee for every barrel of oil produced. The company’s consultancy fee income rose by 3% last year. The fee includes the cost of testing the electric wiring. Their fees are quite reasonable. There is no additional fee for this insurance cover. They charge higher fees to overseas students. We had to pay a nominal fee to join the club. We now charge a fee for museum entrance. We will be taking active steps to collect the outstanding fees. You’ll need money to cover fees and expenses. a $1 200 initiation fee a £30 membership fee the administrative fees on the pension scheme the professional fees of the lawyers and accountants involved university top-up fees Club members pay an annual membership fee of £775. The family spent over £20 000 on legal fees. They send their children to a fee-paying school. an admission fee
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