Definition of fee in English:



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

    • ‘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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The total sum for payments, operational costs and legal fees comes to £3.5m.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is housing sold to cover site acquisition, building costs, professional fees and financial contributions attached to the planning permission.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, this is more than simply a business exchange where services are returned for fees and where payment controls the terms.’
    • ‘In doing so the dentist was taking his fee for professional services, which he simply refused to provide on any other terms.’
    • ‘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 importance of this industry is clear from the impact of professional fees on recent inflation figures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Council is also concerned about the previous government's proposals to increase fees for land tribunals.’
    • ‘When all professional fees and taxes are considered, the buyer's cost in Ireland is considerably lower than in many other European countries.’
    • ‘Conditional fees allow lawyers and clients to share the risk of litigation.’
    • ‘Certainly up to and including the appeal there were substantial payments of legal fees for the respondents.’
    payment, emolument, wage, salary, allowance, stipend, handout
    price, cost, charge, tariff, toll, rate, amount, sum, figure, percentage, commission, consideration, honorarium
    remuneration, dues, earnings, pay
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    1. 1.1Money paid as part of a special transaction, e.g., for a privilege or for admission to something.
      ‘the gallery charges an admission fee’
      • ‘This compares to 270,256 visits during the same period 12 months earlier - when an admission fee was charged.’
      • ‘York Minster recently began charging visitors an admission fee after a voluntary charging scheme failed to generate enough cash.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A little give and take must be allowed but under no circumstances can the admission fees be charged for promotion to the next class.’
      • ‘She wrote to MPs after Chancellor Gordon Brown announced he intended to stop charitable attractions claiming tax rebates on admission fees.’
      • ‘They also pointed out that only a percentage of the appearance fees came from public funds.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We say that buses are a public service, and that bus fares are really a user fee on a public service.’
      • ‘It took four working days to get there and cost me $25 plus exchange rate fees.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The money-lender refused to give money for my admission fees.’
      • ‘Banning admission fees would mean introducing legislation to prohibit charging by independent deans and chapters of cathedrals.’
      • ‘We did not charge an admission fee but we asked those who demonstrated to make donations.’
      • ‘Here, many temples double and triple their admission fees to take advantage of tourists.’
      • ‘Exchanging European banknotes to rupiah and only then converting them into the euro would cost customers twice the transaction fees money changers charged.’
      • ‘Admission fees to various visitor attractions are the responsibility of members travelling.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2Money regularly paid (especially to a school or similar institution) for continuing services.
      ‘high tuition fees required by the schools’
      • ‘We get the money from annual membership fees.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Applications to university had continued to rise despite the introduction of tuition fees, she went on.’
      • ‘Many post-secondary institutions have been forced to increase tuition fees to compensate for lower provincial support.’
      • ‘Tuition fees can't continue to rise in British Columbia without our eventually shooting ourselves in the foot.’
      • ‘We are here to do a degree and our parents are spending a lot of money paying off our tuition fees.’
      • ‘Tuition fees continue to rise rather than fall, since the government considers higher eduction to be a voluntary investment.’
      • ‘Others, however, have reduced the subsidies to students and instituted tuition fees.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Domestically, complaints about university tuition fees and the state of the health service continue to bedevil him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Instead of increasing working class numbers, the introduction of tuition fees will continue to squeeze out prospective poorer students.’
      • ‘Post-secondary institutions are then forced to raise tuition fees.’
      • ‘When it comes to student debt, the responsibilities of the institution to collect outstanding fees continues and it will be carried over.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Student loans were introduced in 1991 when fees at tertiary institutions were increased.’
      • ‘Students participating in the program will be required to pay tuition fees, airfare, and accommodation.’
      • ‘Public cash will be replaced by members' fees and payments for services.’
  • 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.’


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