Definition of fee in US English:



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

    • ‘The Council is also concerned about the previous government's proposals to increase fees for land tribunals.’
    • ‘In doing so the dentist was taking his fee for professional services, which he simply refused to provide on any other terms.’
    • ‘The only alternative you have to insurance is the payment of legal fees, currently around £150 per hour.’
    • ‘This fee for service payment mechanism could affect patients with long term conditions in four ways.’
    • ‘When all professional fees and taxes are considered, the buyer's cost in Ireland is considerably lower than in many other European countries.’
    • ‘Certainly up to and including the appeal there were substantial payments of legal fees for the respondents.’
    • ‘However, this is more than simply a business exchange where services are returned for fees and where payment controls the terms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When buying a home, you need to add up the property cost and stamp duty, plus fees for your estate agent, lawyer and removal men.’
    • ‘Conditional fees allow lawyers and clients to share the risk of litigation.’
    • ‘The importance of this industry is clear from the impact of professional fees on recent inflation figures.’
    • ‘Some or all of the claimants entered into conditional fee agreements with their solicitors after they had been refused legal aid.’
    • ‘These are associated with legal fees and professional services which are yet to be fully completed.’
    • ‘This is housing sold to cover site acquisition, building costs, professional fees and financial contributions attached to the planning permission.’
    • ‘Such a body could charge a fee for their services, which participating hospitals would only be willing to pay.’
    • ‘These include valuation fees, commission, legal fees, advertising costs and interest charged to capital.’
    • ‘We have to recognise that not only is bullying ruining people's lives, it is costing the UK economy millions every year in tribunal payments, legal fees and wasted talent’
    • ‘They have not only created a new industry that is earning the legal profession huge fees, but have also increased the cost of putting a company into liquidation.’
    • ‘This will outline three ways to pay for advice: a fee, commission or a combination of both.’
    • ‘The total sum for payments, operational costs and legal fees comes to £3.5m.’
    payment, emolument, wage, salary, allowance, stipend, handout
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1 Money paid as part of a special transaction, e.g., for a privilege or for admission to something.
      ‘the gallery charges an admission fee’
      • ‘The money-lender refused to give money for my admission fees.’
      • ‘They also pointed out that only a percentage of the appearance fees came from public funds.’
      • ‘Admission fees to various visitor attractions are the responsibility of members travelling.’
      • ‘These have no option but to continue to charge admission fees, with some keeping them as low as possible and offering free parking, perceived to be appealing to visitors.’
      • ‘The open days, which will take place all over the country, aim to give people free access to buildings that are not usually open to them or would normally charge an admission fee.’
      • ‘Exchanging European banknotes to rupiah and only then converting them into the euro would cost customers twice the transaction fees money changers charged.’
      • ‘In exchange for a fee, they receive services such as score updates or the right to enter contests or ask questions to talk-show guests.’
      • ‘York Minster recently began charging visitors an admission fee after a voluntary charging scheme failed to generate enough cash.’
      • ‘We say that buses are a public service, and that bus fares are really a user fee on a public service.’
      • ‘His business instincts have seen the wonderful crystal collection in the palace as well as its fantastic fleet of antique cars opened to the public for a considerable fee.’
      • ‘Membership fees of £2 are now due for members of the Youth Club and an admission fee of 50p per night will also be charged.’
      • ‘It took four working days to get there and cost me $25 plus exchange rate fees.’
      • ‘She wrote to MPs after Chancellor Gordon Brown announced he intended to stop charitable attractions claiming tax rebates on admission fees.’
      • ‘This compares to 270,256 visits during the same period 12 months earlier - when an admission fee was charged.’
      • ‘Banning admission fees would mean introducing legislation to prohibit charging by independent deans and chapters of cathedrals.’
      • ‘Exchange bureaus will no longer be allowed to charge commission fees for the exchange of currencies and to apply different rates for the exchange of different amounts of the same currency.’
      • ‘Keep in mind that it is far better to offer an activity that costs less and free to employees than to offer something more lavish and charge employees an admission fee.’
      • ‘A little give and take must be allowed but under no circumstances can the admission fees be charged for promotion to the next class.’
      • ‘Here, many temples double and triple their admission fees to take advantage of tourists.’
      • ‘We did not charge an admission fee but we asked those who demonstrated to make donations.’
    2. 1.2usually fees Money regularly paid to a school or similar institution for continuing services.
      ‘high tuition fees required by the schools’
      • ‘Students participating in the program will be required to pay tuition fees, airfare, and accommodation.’
      • ‘Instead of increasing working class numbers, the introduction of tuition fees will continue to squeeze out prospective poorer students.’
      • ‘When it comes to student debt, the responsibilities of the institution to collect outstanding fees continues and it will be carried over.’
      • ‘Public cash will be replaced by members' fees and payments for services.’
      • ‘Post-secondary institutions are then forced to raise tuition fees.’
      • ‘We are here to do a degree and our parents are spending a lot of money paying off our tuition fees.’
      • ‘Tuition fees can't continue to rise in British Columbia without our eventually shooting ourselves in the foot.’
      • ‘Student loans were introduced in 1991 when fees at tertiary institutions were increased.’
      • ‘For example, the annual fee for a family policy could be as little as US $1,000, depending on the insurer's wealth and insurance policy limit.’
      • ‘We get the money from annual membership fees.’
      • ‘A quarter of the income raised from the new variable tuition fees will go towards bursaries for students from poorer families.’
      • ‘If possible she will spend the money she is accumulating in the bank on the tuition fees for her graduate study.’
      • ‘Tuition fees continue to rise rather than fall, since the government considers higher eduction to be a voluntary investment.’
      • ‘With other kinds of investment there will be charges to pay - possibly an upfront fee and certainly an annual fee taken from the money invested.’
      • ‘But some lawmakers have argued that private schools should continue to earmark two percent of their income from tuition fees and let the government cover the shortfall.’
      • ‘Many post-secondary institutions have been forced to increase tuition fees to compensate for lower provincial support.’
      • ‘I believe that the government's proposals for variable tuition fees paid after graduation and according to income represent the fairest way to implement the change.’
      • ‘Applications to university had continued to rise despite the introduction of tuition fees, she went on.’
      • ‘Others, however, have reduced the subsidies to students and instituted tuition fees.’
      • ‘Domestically, complaints about university tuition fees and the state of the health service continue to bedevil him.’
  • 2Law
    historical An estate of land, especially one held on condition of feudal service.

    • ‘Property division and the redemption of feudal fees aroused numerous disputes between feudatories and comuni, requiring a lengthy examination of titles and deeds.’


[with object]rare
  • Make a payment to (someone) in return for services.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Others offer discounts on software purchases to subscribers of their once-free, now fee'd, online service.’
    • ‘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.’
    pay, reward, reimburse, recompense, give payment to
    View synonyms


  • hold something in fee

    • 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.