Pay definition

To give money to in return for goods or services rendered.

Pay the cashier.

verb
6
1
To make a deposit or transfer of (money)

Paid $50 into the credit union.

verb
5
0
To pay is defined as to give someone what is due, usually money, for goods or services.

An example of to pay is giving money to a server at a restaurant for a meal.

verb
4
0
To bear (a cost or penalty, for example) in recompense.

She paid the price for her unpopular opinions.

verb
4
0
To yield as a return.

A savings plan that paid six percent interest.

verb
3
0
Advertisement
To give money in exchange for goods or services.
verb
2
0
To discharge a debt or obligation.
verb
2
0
Requiring payment to use or operate.

A pay toilet.

adjective
2
0
To give or bestow.

Paying compliments; paying attention.

verb
1
0
To make (a visit or call).
verb
1
0
Advertisement
To let out (a line or cable) by slackening.
verb
1
0
To bear a cost or penalty in recompense.

You'll pay for this mischief!

verb
1
0
To be profitable or worthwhile.

It doesn't pay to get angry.

verb
1
0
Of, relating to, giving, or receiving payments.
adjective
1
0
Yielding valuable metal in mining.

A pay streak.

adjective
1
0
Advertisement
The act of paying or state of being paid.
noun
1
0
Money given in return for work done; salary; wages.
noun
1
0
A person considered with regard to his or her credit or reliability in discharging debts.
noun
1
0
Recompense or reward.

Your thanks are pay enough.

noun
1
0
To coat or cover (seams of a ship, for example) with waterproof material such as tar or asphalt.
verb
1
0
Advertisement
To give to (a person) what is due, as for goods received, services rendered, etc.; remunerate; recompense.
verb
1
0
To discharge or settle (a debt, obligation, expenses, etc.) by giving something in return.
verb
1
0
Paid employment.

The workers in our pay.

noun
0
0
Retribution or punishment.
noun
0
0
To give (what is due or owed) in return, as for goods or services.
verb
0
0
Advertisement
To yield as a recompense or return.

A job that pays $90

verb
0
0
To be worthwhile or profitable to.

It will pay him to listen.

verb
0
0
To give or offer (a compliment, respects, attention, etc.)
verb
0
0
To make (a visit, call, etc.)
verb
0
0
To give due compensation; make payment.
verb
0
0
Advertisement
To be profitable or worthwhile.
verb
0
0
To yield return or compensation as specified.

A stock that pays poorly.

verb
0
0
A paying or being paid; payment.
noun
0
0
Money paid, esp. for work or services; wages or salary.
noun
0
0
Anything, good or bad, given or done in return.
noun
0
0
Advertisement
(now rare) A person regarded as a credit risk.
noun
0
0
Rich enough in minerals, ore, etc. to make mining profitable.

Pay gravel.

adjective
0
0
Operated or made available by depositing coins, submitting credit cards, etc.

A pay telephone, pay toilet.

adjective
0
0
Designating a service, facility, etc. paid for by subscription, fees, etc.

Pay TV.

adjective
0
0
To coat as with pitch in order to make waterproof.

To pay the seams of a wooden ship.

verb
0
0
Advertisement
To give money or other compensation to in exchange for goods or services.

He paid him to clean the place up; he paid her off the books and in kind where possible.

verb
0
0
(intransitive) To discharge, as a debt or other obligation, by giving or doing what is due or required.

She offered to pay the bill; he has paid his debt to society.

verb
0
0
To be profitable for.

It didn't pay him to keep the store open any more.

verb
0
0
To give (something else than money).

To pay attention.

verb
0
0
(intransitive) To be profitable or worth the effort.

Crime doesn't pay; it will pay to wait.

verb
0
0
Advertisement
(intransitive) To discharge an obligation or debt.

He was allowed to go as soon as he paid.

verb
0
0
(intransitive) To suffer consequences.

He paid for his fun in the sun with a terrible sunburn.

verb
0
0
Money given in return for work; salary or wages.

Many employers have rules designed to keep employees from comparing their pays.

noun
0
0
Operable or accessible on deposit of coins.

Pay toilet.

adjective
0
0
Pertaining to or requiring payment.
adjective
0
0
Advertisement
(nautical) To cover (the bottom of a vessel, a seam, a spar, etc.) with tar or pitch, or a waterproof composition of tallow, resin, etc.; to smear.
verb
0
0
To give (money) in exchange for goods or services.

Paid four dollars for a hamburger; paid an hourly wage.

verb
0
1
To discharge or settle (a debt or obligation).

Paying taxes; paid the bill.

verb
0
1
To afford an advantage to; profit.

It paid us to be generous.

verb
0
1
pay (one's) dues
  • To earn a given right or position through hard work, long-term experience, or suffering:
    She paid her dues in small-town theaters before being cast in a Broadway play.
idiom
0
0
pay (one's) way
  • To contribute one's own share; pay for oneself.
idiom
0
0
pay the piper
  • To bear the consequences of something.
idiom
0
0
(informal) pay through the nose
  • To pay excessively.
idiom
0
0
in the pay of
  • employed and paid by
idiom
0
0
pay as you go
  • to pay expenses as they arise
idiom
0
0
pay back
  • to repay
  • to retaliate upon
idiom
0
0
pay down
  • to pay (a sum of money) as a down payment, with the balance to be paid later
  • to reduce (a debt) over a period of time
idiom
0
0
pay for
  • to suffer or undergo punishment because of
  • to atone or make amends for
idiom
0
0
pay off
  • to pay all that is owed on (a debt, etc.) or to (a person, as in discharging from employment)
  • to take revenge on (a wrongdoer) or for (a wrong done)
  • to yield full recompense or return, for either good or evil
  • to bring about a desired result; succeed
  • to swing or allow to swing away from the wind
idiom
0
0
pay someone's way
  • to pay someone's share of the expenses
idiom
0
0
pay out
  • to give out (money, etc.); expend
  • to let out (a rope, cable, etc.) gradually
idiom
0
0
pay up
  • to pay in full or on time
idiom
0
0
with pay
  • with wages or salary included
    A two-week vacation with pay.
idiom
0
0

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of pay

  • Middle English paien from Old French paiier from Late Latin pācāre to appease from Latin to pacify, subdue from pāx pāc- peace pag- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Obsolete French peier from Old French from Latin picāre from pix pic- pitch

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English payen, from Old French paier, from Medieval Latin pācāre (“to settle, satisfy") from Latin pacare (“to pacify"). Displaced native Middle English yelden, yielden (“to pay") (from Old English Ä¡ieldan (“to pay")), Middle English schotten (“to pay, make payment") (from Old English scot, Ä¡escot (“payment")).

    From Wiktionary

  • Old French peier, from Latin picare (“to pitch").

    From Wiktionary