verb (used with object), paid or ( Obsolete, except for def 12 ) payed, paying.
to settle (a debt, obligation, etc.), as by transferring money or goods, or by doing something:
Please pay your bill.
to give over (a certain amount of money) in exchange for something:
He paid twenty dollars for the shirt.
to transfer money as compensation or recompense for work done or services rendered; to satisfy the claims of (a person, organization, etc.), as by giving money due:
He paid me for my work.
to defray (cost or expense).
to give compensation for.
to yield a recompense or return to; be profitable to:
Your training will pay you well in the future.
to yield as a return:
The stock paid six percent last year.
to requite, as for good, harm, or an offense:
How can I pay her for her kindness and generosity?
to give or render (attention, respects, compliments, etc.), as if due or fitting.
to make (a call, visit, etc.).
to suffer in retribution; undergo:
You’ll pay the penalty for your stubbornness!
Nautical. to let (a ship) fall off to leeward.
verb (used without object), paid, paying.
to transfer money, goods, etc., as in making a purchase or settling a debt.
to discharge a debt or obligation.
to yield a return, profit, or advantage; be worthwhile:
It pays to be courteous.
to give compensation, as for damage or loss sustained.
to suffer or be punished for something:
The murderer paid with his life.
the act of paying or being paid; .
wages, salary, or a stipend.
a person with reference to solvency or reputation for meeting obligations:
The bank regards him as good pay.
in the pay of the enemy.
reward or punishment; requital.
a rock stratum from which petroleum is obtained.
requiring subscribed or monthly for use or service:
operable or accessible on deposit of a coin or coins:
a pay toilet.
of or relating to .
Verb phrases, past and past participle paid or ( Obsolete, except for def 30c ) payed, present participle paying.
pay for, to suffer or be punished for:
to pay for one’s sins.
pay as you go,
pay one’s / its way,
verb (used with object), payed, paying. Nautical.
to coat or cover (seams, a ship’s bottom, etc.) with pitch, tar, or the like.
verb pays, paying, paid
to discharge (a debt, obligation, etc) by giving or doing something: he paid his creditors
when intr, often foll by for. to give (money) to (a person) in return for goods or services: they pay their workers well, they pay by the hour
to give or afford (a person) a profit or benefit: it pays one to be honest
(transitive) to give or bestow (a compliment, regards, attention, etc)
(transitive) to make (a visit or call)
(intransitive) often foll by for. to give compensation or make amends
(transitive) to yield a return of: the shares pay 15 per cent
to give or do (something equivalent) in return; pay back: he paid for the insult with a blow
(tr; past tense and past participle paid or payed) (nautical) to allow (a vessel) to make leeway
(Austral, informal) to acknowledge or accept (something) as true, just, etc
pay one’s way
paid employment (esp in the phrase in the pay of)
(modifier) requiring the insertion of money or discs before or during use: a pay phone, a pay toilet
(modifier) rich enough in minerals to be profitably mined or worked: pay gravel
verb pays, paying, payed
(transitive) (nautical) to caulk (the seams of a wooden vessel) with pitch or tar
c.1200, “to appease, pacify, satisfy,” from Old French paier “to pay, pay up” (12c., Modern French payer), from Latin pacare “to please, pacify, satisfy” (in Medieval Latin especially “satisfy a creditor”), literally “make peaceful,” from pax (genitive pacis) “peace” (see peace). Meaning “to give what is due for goods or services” arose in Medieval Latin and was attested in English by early 13c.; sense of “please, pacify” died out in English by 1500. Sense of “suffer, endure” (a punishment, etc.) is first recorded late 14c. Related: Paid; paying.
c.1300, “satisfaction, liking, reward,” from pay (v.), or else from Old French paie “payment, recompense,” from paier. Meaning “money given for labor or services, wages” is from late 14c.
hell to pay
noun 1. an envelope containing a paycheck or wages. 2. Informal. wages or salary; paycheck.
[pey-er] /ˈpeɪ ər/ noun 1. a person who . 2. the person named in a bill or note who has to pay the holder. [pey] /peɪ/ verb (used with object), paid or ( Obsolete, except for def 12 ) payed, paying. 1. to settle (a debt, obligation, etc.), as by transferring money or goods, or […]
noun 1. the grade of a member of the armed services established according to a scale of increasing amounts of base pay and related to but not identical with official rank.
[pey-in] /ˈpeɪˌɪn/ noun 1. a deposit in an account.