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[pey-muh nt] /ˈpeɪ mənt/
something that is paid; an amount paid; compensation; recompense.
the act of paying.
reward or punishment; requital.
Origin of payment
1300-50; Middle English, variant of paiement < Middle French. See pay1, -ment
Related forms
propayment, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for payment
  • Thousands of visitors were permitted to enter the shaft and gaze at the wonderful tunneling machine on payment of a penny a head.
  • If you ordered directly from us, please note that it takes a few days for a payment to be processed.
  • payment by check is preferable as a cancelled check is proof payment has been received by us and registration has been processed.
  • payment must be made by closing unless advertising is placed through an accredited agency.
  • payment to publisher must be made by closing unless advertising is placed through an accredited agency.
  • Some facilities require a coin payment at the entrance.
  • Failure to comply will result in payment being withheld.
  • Yet some cities that offered no resistance escaped with payment of a tribute and with looting by the army-standard practices.
  • They could also be given a reasonable payment as compensation for the loss of their livelihood.
  • If they killed the beasts, gun-waving colonists demanded payment.
British Dictionary definitions for payment


the act of paying
a sum of money paid
something given in return; punishment or reward
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Word Origin and History for payment

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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