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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.
    Hypernym: transaction
    Coordinate terms: credit, debit, withholding, garnishment, billing
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, in The Mirror and the Lamp[1]:
      [] 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.
    Antonyms: non-payment, nonpayment

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