Definition of paid in English:



  • past and past participle of pay


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

    ‘five weeks paid holiday a year’
    • ‘Under the agreement the appellant was entitled to paid annual leave but not to sick pay.’
    • ‘When a child is ill it should be accepted that fathers will need paid leave to help care for the child.’
    • ‘Most Germans have as many as six weeks of paid vacation during the year.’
    • ‘The Essex study shows women spend less time on household chores but do more paid work.’
    • ‘The majority, some 66 percent, it said, left for paid employment.’
    • ‘Somebody, somewhere - please give Green Fairy an incredibly highly paid writing gig.’
    • ‘The burden could grow exponentially as the female participation rate in paid employment escalates.’
    • ‘We offer a competitive benefits package including medical insurance, paid vacation and holidays.’
    • ‘Fathers are also now legally entitled to take paid time off work around the time of the birth.’
    • ‘The purpose of this article is to suggest that paid maternity leave is not a fertility policy.’
    • ‘The council is working to attract higher paid jobs, but this is not a city for the rich.’
    • ‘Nobody would argue that paid maternity leave is anything but a good thing.’
    • ‘Chronic illness is likely to lead to impaired capacity to participate in paid employment.’
    • ‘We will be advertising soon and it will be one of the best paid nursing jobs in the country.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Please can you suggest some form of genuine paid work at home that my husband or I could do?’
    • ‘As well as paid surveying work, Smith explored everywhere he could.’
    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.’
      • ‘Highly paid civil servants faced six per cent cuts in their wages in three phases.’
      • ‘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.’


  • put paid to

    • informal Stop abruptly; destroy.

      ‘Denmark's victory put paid to our hopes of qualifying’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 big freeze that gripped the region over the New Year put paid to nearly all angling activity at the weekend.’
      • ‘The floods that threatened to deluge the centre of York yesterday put paid to virtually all weekend river match action.’
      • ‘But three tries in the space of five minutes just before half-time put paid to any chance of victory.’
      • ‘Play was due to resume again at 6pm but a squall put paid to that.’
      • ‘We had an idyllic weekend planned with friends, but a sudden illness in their family put paid to that.’
      • ‘Well, I was going to provide a report from the remainder of my match tonight, but the rain put paid to that.’
      • ‘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.’
      forestall, thwart, frustrate, baulk, stand in the way of
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