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[pey-muh nt]
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  1. something that is paid; an amount paid; compensation; recompense.
  2. the act of paying.
  3. reward or punishment; requital.
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Origin of payment

1300–50; Middle English, variant of paiement < Middle French. See pay1, -ment
Related formspro·pay·ment, adjective
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  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


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

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