verb

  • past and past participle of pay

adjective

  • 1(of work or leave) for or during which one receives pay.

    ‘five weeks paid holiday a year’
    • ‘Please can you suggest some form of genuine paid work at home that my husband or I could do?’
    • ‘The council is working to attract higher paid jobs, but this is not a city for the rich.’
    • ‘There wasn't even such a thing as paid annual vacation until the unions negotiated it.’
    • ‘Surely a month of fully paid leave would not be too much to expect?’
    • ‘The majority, some 66 percent, it said, left for paid employment.’
    • ‘Chronic illness is likely to lead to impaired capacity to participate in paid employment.’
    • ‘Nobody would argue that paid maternity leave is anything but a good thing.’
    • ‘As well as paid surveying work, Smith explored everywhere he could.’
    • ‘When a child is ill it should be accepted that fathers will need paid leave to help care for the child.’
    • ‘We offer a competitive benefits package including medical insurance, paid vacation and holidays.’
    • ‘We will be advertising soon and it will be one of the best paid nursing jobs in the country.’
    • ‘The purpose of this article is to suggest that paid maternity leave is not a fertility policy.’
    • ‘The burden could grow exponentially as the female participation rate in paid employment escalates.’
    • ‘The Essex study shows women spend less time on household chores but do more paid work.’
    • ‘Under the agreement the appellant was entitled to paid annual leave but not to sick pay.’
    • ‘Fathers are also now legally entitled to take paid time off work around the time of the birth.’
    • ‘Most Germans have as many as six weeks of paid vacation during the year.’
    • ‘Somebody, somewhere - please give Green Fairy an incredibly highly paid writing gig.’
    1. 1.1attributive (of a person in a specified occupation) in receipt of pay.
      ‘a paid informer’
      • ‘It was also rumoured that he was the second highest paid artist in the world next to Picasso.’
      • ‘They appear to be of much more value to the area and its people than the paid officials.’
      • ‘It is run by a small team of paid staff and a large number of volunteers from all over the world.’
      • ‘Highly paid civil servants faced six per cent cuts in their wages in three phases.’

Phrases

  • put paid to

    • informal Stop abruptly; destroy.

      ‘Denmark's victory put paid to our hopes of qualifying’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We had an idyllic weekend planned with friends, but a sudden illness in their family put paid to that.’
      • ‘But three tries in the space of five minutes just before half-time put paid to any chance of victory.’
      • ‘The top right wisdom tooth had been salvaged but apparently all it takes is one good bite of a pork chop to put paid to that.’
      • ‘The big freeze that gripped the region over the New Year put paid to nearly all angling activity at the weekend.’
      • ‘Well, I was going to provide a report from the remainder of my match tonight, but the rain put paid to that.’
      • ‘It was originally a wooden structure, but a large wave back in the 19th century put paid to that in one easy pounding.’
      • ‘Once again the foot and mouth crisis put paid to what would have been the final weekend of the river season.’
      • ‘The whole impact was lost last year though as rain put paid to all the plans and it ended up being an indoor bazaar at the Guild Hall.’
      forestall, thwart, frustrate, baulk, stand in the way of
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Pronunciation

paid

/peɪd/