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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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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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