a simple past tense and past participle of pay1.

Related formsnon·paid, adjectiveself-paid, adjectiveun·paid, adjectivewell-paid, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(of a bill, debt, etc) not yet paid
working without pay
having wages outstanding



the past tense and past participle of pay 1
put paid to mainly British and NZ to end or destroybreaking his leg put paid to his hopes of running in the Olympics
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Word Origin and History for unpaid

late 14c., in reference to persons, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of pay (v.). Of debts, attested from late 15c.

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Idioms and Phrases with unpaid


see under pay.

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