Meaning of FEE in English


fee S3 W3 AC /fiː/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: fé , fief , from Medieval Latin feudum ; ⇨ ↑ feudal ]

an amount of money that you pay to do something or that you pay to a professional person for their work:

You can use the gym and pool for a fee of £35 a month.

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■ adjectives

▪ small/low

Some companies will sell the items for you, for a small fee.

▪ high/large/big

The school fees are extremely high.

▪ a hefty/fat fee informal (=a very large fee)

Customers are being charged a hefty fee for their telephone service.

▪ an annual/a monthly fee

An annual fee of £150 has been introduced.

▪ an entrance/entry fee (=a fee to enter a place)

The gallery charges an entrance fee.

▪ a membership fee (=a fee to become a member of a club or organization)

The gym’s yearly membership fee is £250.

▪ a subscription fee (=a fee to receive copies of a newspaper or magazine)

You can pay the subscription fee by cheque.

▪ school/college/university fees

She paid for her college fees by taking a part-time job as a waitress.

▪ tuition fees (=money paid for being taught)

Many universities now charge tuition fees for these courses.

▪ doctor’s/lawyer’s/accountant’s etc fees

We need to find the money for the doctor’s fees somehow.

▪ legal/medical fees

She received £300 compensation after legal fees had been deducted.

▪ a flat/fixed/set fee (=a fee that is the same in every case)

You pay a flat fee for all the services that are provided.

▪ a booking fee ( also a service fee American English ) (=a charge you pay when buying a ticket)

Tickets for the concert are £45, plus a booking fee.

▪ a cancellation fee (=a charge for ending an agreement you have made to travel on a train, stay at a hotel etc)

A 10% cancellation fee will be charged if the booking is cancelled.

▪ a licence fee British English (=the money a television licence costs)

The licence fee is set to rise again.

■ verbs

▪ charge a fee

The accountant charged a big fee for his services.

▪ pay a fee

You have to pay a small fee to rent a locker.

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▪ cost the amount of money you need to buy or do something. Cost is usually used when talking in a general way about whether something is expensive or cheap rather than when talking about exact prices:

The cost of running a car is increasing.


the cost of raw materials

▪ price the amount of money you must pay for something that is for sale:

They sell good-quality clothes at reasonable prices.


the price of a plane ticket to New York

▪ value the amount of money that something is worth:

A new kitchen can increase the value of your home.

▪ charge the amount that you have to pay for a service or to use something:

Hotel guests may use the gym for a small charge.


bank charges

▪ fee the amount you have to pay to enter a place or join a group, or for the services of a professional person such as a lawyer or a doctor:

There is no entrance fee.


The membership fee is £125 a year.


legal fees

▪ fare the amount you have to pay to travel somewhere by bus, plane, train etc:

I didn’t even have enough money for my bus fare.


fare increases

▪ rent the amount you have to pay to live in or use a place that you do not own:

The rent on his apartment is $800 a month.

▪ rate a charge that is set according to a standard scale:

Most TV stations offer special rates to local advertisers.

▪ toll the amount you have to pay to travel on some roads or bridges:

You have to pay tolls on many French motorways.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.