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Definitions of pay

  1. cancel or discharge a debt; " pay up, please!"
  2. do or give something to somebody in return; " Does she pay you for the work you are doing?"
  3. as in the expressions" give thought to"; " give priority to"
  4. something that remunerates; " wages were paid by check"; " he wasted his pay on drink"; " they saved a quarter of all their earnings"
  5. be worth it; " It pays to go through the trouble"
  6. bear ( a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action; " You'll pay for this!"; " She had to pay the penalty for speaking out rashly"; " You'll pay for this opinion later"
  7. convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow; " Don't pay him any mind"; " give the orders"; " Give him my best regards"; " pay attention"
  8. give money, usually in exchange for goods or services; " I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; " Pay the waitress, please"
  9. discharge or settle; " pay a debt"; " pay an obligation"
  10. bring in; as of investments; " interest- bearing accounts"; " How much does this savings certificate pay annually?"
  11. render; " pay a visit"; " pay a call"
  12. dedicate; " give thought to"; " give priority to"; " pay attention to"
  13. bring in; " interest- bearing accounts"; " How much does this savings certificate pay annually?"
  14. make a compensation for; " a favor that cannot be paid back"
  15. To cover, as bottom of a vessel, a seam, a spar, etc., with tar or pitch, or waterproof composition of tallow, resin, etc.; to smear.
  16. To satisfy, or content; specifically, to satisfy ( another person) for service rendered, property delivered, etc.; to discharge one's obligation to; to make due return to; to compensate; to remunerate; to recompense; to requite; as, to pay workmen or servants.
  17. Hence, figuratively: To compensate justly; to requite according to merit; to reward; to punish; to retort or retaliate upon.
  18. To discharge, as a debt, demand, or obligation, by giving or doing what is due or required; to deliver the amount or value of to the person to whom it is owing; to discharge a debt by delivering ( money owed).
  19. To discharge or fulfill, as a duy; to perform or render duty, as that which has been promised.
  20. To give or offer, without an implied obligation; as, to pay attention; to pay a visit.
  21. To give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt.
  22. Hence, to make or secure suitable return for expense or trouble; to be remunerative or profitable; to be worth the effort or pains required; as, it will pay to ride; it will pay to wait; politeness always pays.
  23. Satisfaction; content.
  24. An equivalent or return for money due, goods purchased, or services performed; salary or wages for work or service; compensation; recompense; payment; hire; as, the pay of a clerk; the pay of a soldier.
  25. To satisfy the claims of; recompense; discharge, as a debt; to be profitable to; give.
  26. To make recompense; to discharge a debt; be worth while.
  27. Paid.
  28. Paying.
  29. Money given for service done, for goods, etc.
  30. To discharge a debt: to requite with what is deserved: to reward: to punish.
  31. To recompense:- pa. t. and pa. p. paid.
  32. That which satisfies: money given for service: salary, wages.
  33. PAYER.
  34. ( naut., and in the proverb " the devil to pay") To smear with tar, pitch, etc.
  35. Payment; recompense; wages.
  36. To discharge a debt; requite.
  37. To render an equivalent to, as for property or service.
  38. To satisfy, as a claim.
  39. To expend, as money; deliver; hand over.
  40. To profit.
  41. To render compensation; yield adequate return.
  42. Something rendered as an equivalent for property, labor, or loss; requital; reward; compensation.
  43. Compensation; recempense; salary or wages.
  44. To discharge a debt; to fulfil; to render what is due; to recompense. To pay for, to make amends; to give an equivalent. To pay out, to let run out. To pay off, to compensate and discharge. To pay the piper, to pay the cost.
  45. To ceat with pitch.
  46. To recompense. To pay off, to fall to leeward.
  47. Wages given for duty or service performed; salary; allowance.
  48. To discharge a debt; to make amends by suffering; to compensate; to reward; to recompense.
  49. To smear with tar, pitch, & c., as a vessel.
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Antonyms for pay

bring in, garner, acquire, come by, realize, default on, attain, reap, earn, procure, obtain, pull down, carry, default, make.

Quotes of pay

  1. The czar was always sending us commands- you shall not do this and you shall not do that- till there was very little left that we might do, except pay tribute and die. – Mary Antin
  2. An hour of my time is a tiny price to pay for all the support I've gotten from my fans. – Erik Estrada
  3. The Florida State League was considered the top A -league back then. You played in the spring training parks of major league teams, traveled throughout some great cities in Florida, and the pay was the best in A -ball. – Jim Evans
  4. Directing is too hard, it takes too much time, and it doesn't pay very well. – Harrison Ford
  5. It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit. – Anatole France
  6. Compliments cost nothing, yet many pay dear for them. – Thomas Fuller
  7. In my case, I pay a standard premium to participate in the Federal Employees' Health Benefits Plan for my wife and myself out of each month's paycheck. – Virgil Goode
  8. Hospitals must provide emergency treatment to all who walk through the door, regardless of their citizenship status or ability to pay – Gary Miller
  9. There is nothing wrong with wanting pay for work, or seeking to maximize one's income, as long as one does not use means that are destructive. – Richard Stallman
  10. It has no enforceable standards to stop a union from conspiring with employers to keep another stronger union out or from negotiating contracts with lower pay and standards that members of another union have spent a lifetime establishing. – Andy Stern
  11. I guess because I pay so much attention to the physical part of the character, I don't look upon it as like Charlize Theron up there. I don't think of them as like Charlize Theron films. – Charlize Theron
  12. Let's face it. Umpiring is not an easy or happy way to make a living. In the abuse they suffer, and the pay they get for it, you see an imbalance that can only be explained by their need to stay close to a game they can't resist. – Bob Uecker
  13. It's really true in this country that more and more Americans think that underneath the economic crisis there's a values crisis, and we won't get to an economic recovery without a moral recovery as well. So a citizen's movement about values and economics I'm finding all over the country on main street, and Wall Street needs to pay attention to that. – Jim Wallace
  14. Take opera for example- to go to the opera you have to dress up in a tuxedo and pay lots of money. – Wim Wenders
  15. A liberal is a person who believes that water can be made to run uphill. A conservative is someone who believes everybody should pay for his water. I'm somewhere in between: I believe water should be free, but that water flows downhill. – Theodore White

Usage examples for pay

  1. Then pay her what you please!" – What Maisie Knew by Henry James
  2. What will I pay you? – Do and Dare A Brave Boy's Fight for Fortune by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  3. If he will bring war on me, he will find me ready to pay him back. – A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times Volume I. of VI. by Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
  4. Pay Day came late, as he always does. – Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year by E.C. Hartwell
  5. She told me she would never come down if I did not pay for the land. – The Squatter and the Don by C. Loyal
  6. It's a great deal to pay but I suppose I can't do any better. – Molly Brown's Junior Days by Nell Speed
  7. He asked why they did not pay some poor people to do it for them. – Revisiting the Earth by James Langdon Hill
  8. How much would you pay – The Way of Ambition by Robert Hichens
  9. Will I pay for him now? – Happy-Thought Hall by F. C. Burnand
  10. A thing looks different when you come to pay for doing it. – Carmen's Messenger by Harold Bindloss
  11. Will you pay them? – The Lesser Bourgeoisie by Honore de Balzac
  12. Would it be all right, he began, that is, would you mind if I pay you the money now? – Frenzied Fiction by Stephen Leacock
  13. You must let us pay – The Great K. & A. Robbery by Paul Liechester Ford
  14. " It can't pay him. – The Rainbow Book Tales of Fun & Fancy by Mabel Henriette Spielmann
  15. Gebwiler and Rudolfingen did not want me to pay no new thing with them. – Erasmus and the Age of Reformation by Johan Huizinga
  16. He'll pay for it now, and no mistake. – Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia by William Gilmore Simms
  17. I shall pay well for them. – The Golden Silence by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  18. Well, sir, I guess 'Every Other Week' will pay you that much. – A Hazard of New Fortunes by William Dean Howells
  19. What other way will you pay them, then, child? – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  20. But you didn't pay it. – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Keeping Store by Laura Lee Hope

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