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Meaning of FEE

Pronunciation:  fee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an interest in land capable of being inherited
  2. [n]  a fixed charge for a privilege or for professional services
  3. [v]  engage by written agreement; "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"

FEE is a 3 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: contract, sign, sign on, sign up
 See Also: admission, admission charge, admission fee, admission price, anchorage, cellarage, commission, consideration, contract out, dockage, docking fee, drop-off charge, employ, engage, entrance fee, entrance money, fee simple, fee tail, fixed charge, hire, interest, legal fee, license fee, license tax, licensing fee, lighterage, lockage, mintage, moorage, origination fee, pipage, poundage, price of admission, retainer, seigniorage, stake, toll, tuition, wharfage



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fee\ (f[=e]), n. [OE. fe, feh, feoh, cattle, property,
    money, fief, AS. feoh cattle, property, money; the senses of
    ``property, money,'' arising from cattle being used in early
    times as a medium of exchange or payment, property chiefly
    consisting of cattle; akin to OS. fehu cattle, property, D.
    vee cattle, OHG. fihu, fehu, G. vieh, Icel. f[=e] cattle,
    property, money, Goth. fa['i]hu, L. pecus cattle, pecunia
    property, money, Skr. pa[,c]u cattle, perh. orig., ``a
    fastened or tethered animal,'' from a root signifying to
    bind, and perh. akin to E. fang, fair, a.; cf. OF. fie, flu,
    feu, fleu, fief, F. fief, from German, of the same origin.
    the sense fief is due to the French. [root]249. Cf. {Feud},
    {Fief}, {Fellow}, {Pecuniary}.]
    1. property; possession; tenure. ``Laden with rich fee.''
             Once did she hold the gorgeous East in fee.
    2. Reward or compensation for services rendered or to be
       rendered; especially, payment for professional services,
       of optional amount, or fixed by custom or laws; charge;
       pay; perquisite; as, the fees of lawyers and physicians;
       the fees of office; clerk's fees; sheriff's fees; marriage
       fees, etc.
             To plead for love deserves more fee than hate.
    3. (Feud. Law) A right to the use of a superior's land, as a
       stipend for services to be performed; also, the land so
       held; a fief.
    4. (Eng. Law) An estate of inheritance supposed to be held
       either mediately or immediately from the sovereign, and
       absolutely vested in the owner.
    Note: All the land in England, except the crown land, is of
          this kind. An absolute fee, or fee simple, is land
          which a man holds to himself and his heirs forever, who
          are called tenants in fee simple. In modern writers, by
          fee is usually meant fee simple. A limited fee may be a
          qualified or base fee, which ceases with the existence
          of certain conditions; or a conditional fee, or fee
          tail, which is limited to particular heirs.
    5. (Amer. Law) An estate of inheritance belonging to the
       owner, and transmissible to his heirs, absolutely and
       simply, without condition attached to the tenure.
    {Fee estate} (Eng. Law), land or tenements held in fee in
       consideration or some acknowledgment or service rendered
       to the lord.
    {Fee farm} (Law), land held of another in fee, in
       consideration of an annual rent, without homage, fealty,
       or any other service than that mentioned in the feoffment;
       an estate in fee simple, subject to a perpetual rent.
    {Fee farm rent} (Eng. Law), a perpetual rent reserved upon a
       conveyance in fee simple.
    {Fee fund} (Scot. Law), certain court dues out of which the
       clerks and other court officers are paid.
    {Fee simple} (Law), an absolute fee; a fee without conditions
       or limits.
             Buy the fee simple of my life for an hour and a
             quarter.                              --Shak.
    {Fee tail} (Law), an estate of inheritance, limited and
       restrained to some particular heirs. --Burill.
  2. \Fee\ (f[=e]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Feed} (f[=e]d); p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Feeing}.]
    To reward for services performed, or to be performed; to
    recompense; to hire or keep in hire; hence, to bribe.
          The patient . . . fees the doctor.       --Dryden.
          There's not a one of them but in his house I keep a
          servant feed.                            --Shak.
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