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payment

[pey-muh nt] /ˈpeɪ mənt/
noun
1.
something that is paid; an amount paid; compensation; recompense.
2.
the act of paying.
3.
reward or punishment; requital.
Origin of payment
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English, variant of paiement < Middle French. See pay1, -ment
Related forms
propayment, adjective
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  • The only formality is the payment of a few leaves of tobacco to the man who performs the operation.

    The Bontoc Igorot Albert Ernest Jenks
  • It was an express order for two hundred francs, in payment of a bit of verse.

    Ballads of a Bohemian Robert W. Service
  • Houses and lands were offered for sale at ruinously low prices, or assigned in payment of bargains made at the tulip-mart.

  • I will enclose the second payment of her fee in a letter which I am writing to her.

  • Whenever we find the payment of a bride-price, there is sure indication of the decay of mother-right: woman has become property.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for payment

payment

/ˈpeɪmənt/
noun
1.
the act of paying
2.
a sum of money paid
3.
something given in return; punishment or reward
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Word Origin and History for payment
n.

late 14c., from Old French paiement (13c.), from paiier (see pay (v.)).

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