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From Old French paiement. Equivalent to pay +‎ -ment.


  • enPR: pāʹmənt, IPA(key): /ˈpeɪmənt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪmənt
  • Hyphenation: pay‧ment


payment (countable and uncountable, plural payments)

  1. (uncountable) The act of paying.
  2. (countable) An instance of that act; a sum of money paid in exchange for goods or services, or the transaction that conveys it.
    Antonyms: non-payment, nonpayment
    Hypernym: transaction
    Coordinate terms: credit, debit, withholding, garnishment, billing
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter VII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      [] This is Mr. Churchill, who, as you are aware, is good enough to come to us for his diaconate, and, as we hope, for much longer; and being a gentleman of independent means, he declines to take any payment.” Saying this Walden rubbed his hands together and smiled contentedly.
    • 2023 November 15, 'Industry Insider', “Outbreak of common sense”, in RAIL, number 996, page 68:
      In a report published on October 31, Transport Focus said that a number of train companies were unable to convince it about their ability to sell a full range of tickets, handle cash payments, and avoid excessive queues at ticket machines.

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