• past and past participle of pay


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

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