My solicitor charges aflat fee (=an amount that does not change)for handling the sale of a house.
➔ see usage notecost1 ➔ see usage notepay2WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE: cost, costs, price, charge, fee, fareUse costto talk about paying for services and activities, rather than objects• The total cost of the trip was under $500.• I worked out the cost of the repairs.Your costsare the amount of money you have to spend in order to run a business or to do a particular activity• The shop was not making enough money to cover its costs.Use price to mean the amount of money that you must pay for something in a place such as a shop or restaurant• We are cutting all our prices (NOT costs) by 50% for one day only! • We were shocked by the price of a cup of coffee in London.A chargeis the amount you have to pay to have a particular service or use something• For a small charge we will also make your hotel reservations. A feeis the amount you have to pay to enter or join something• The gallery charges no entrance fee. • The fee for membership is £25 per year.It is also the amount you have to pay for a professional service• The lawyer explained her fees.A fareis the amount you have to pay to travel somewhere by bus, train, plane etc• I need some money for my bus fare. • His parents paid his fare to Sydney. ➔ See alsocostWORD CHOICE WORD CHOICE pay, salary, wages, wage, income, feePay is the money that you earn by working• The pay is much better in the private sector. • people on low pay • pay negotiationsSomeone's salary is the money they are paid every month by their employer, especially someone in a profession, such as a teacher or a lawyer• Some managers earn annual salaries of over £80,000. Use wages to refer to the money that someone is paid every week by their employer, especially someone who works in a factory or a shop• Some companies pay higher wages than others. !! Do not use wages before a noun. Use wage• wage earnersSomeone's income is all the money that they receive regularly, for work or for any other reason• families on low incomes • Rent from the old farm was their only source of income.Use fee to refer to the money paid to a lawyer, doctor, or similar qualified worker for a piece of work they have done• Your accountant's fees are too high. • legal fees ➔ See alsopay
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.