Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give money to in return for goods or services rendered: pay the cashier.
  • transitive v. To give (money) in exchange for goods or services: paid four dollars for a hamburger; paid an hourly wage.
  • transitive v. To discharge or settle (a debt or obligation): paying taxes; paid the bill.
  • transitive v. To give recompense for; requite: a kindness that cannot be paid back.
  • transitive v. To give recompense to; reward or punish: I'll pay him back for his insults.
  • transitive v. To bear (a cost or penalty, for example) in recompense: She paid the price for her unpopular opinions.
  • transitive v. To yield as a return: a savings plan that paid six percent interest.
  • transitive v. To afford an advantage to; profit: It paid us to be generous.
  • transitive v. To give or bestow: paying compliments; paying attention.
  • transitive v. To make (a visit or call).
  • transitive v. To let out (a line or cable) by slackening.
  • intransitive v. To give money in exchange for goods or services.
  • intransitive v. To discharge a debt or obligation.
  • intransitive v. To bear a cost or penalty in recompense: You'll pay for this mischief!
  • intransitive v. To be profitable or worthwhile: It doesn't pay to get angry.
  • adj. Of, relating to, giving, or receiving payments.
  • adj. Requiring payment to use or operate: a pay toilet.
  • adj. Yielding valuable metal in mining: a pay streak.
  • n. The act of paying or state of being paid.
  • n. Money given in return for work done; salary; wages.
  • n. Recompense or reward: Your thanks are pay enough.
  • n. Retribution or punishment.
  • n. Paid employment: the workers in our pay.
  • n. A person considered with regard to his or her credit or reliability in discharging debts.
  • pay off To pay the full amount on (a debt).
  • pay off To effect profit: a bet that paid off poorly.
  • pay off To get revenge for or on; requite.
  • pay off To pay the wages due to (an employee) upon discharge.
  • pay off Informal To bribe.
  • pay off Nautical To turn or cause to turn (a vessel) to leeward.
  • pay out To give (money) out; spend.
  • pay out To let out (a line or rope) by slackening.
  • pay up To give over the full monetary amount demanded.
  • idiom 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 pay (one's) way To contribute one's own share; pay for oneself.
  • idiom pay the piper To bear the consequences of something.
  • idiom pay through the nose Informal To pay excessively.
  • transitive v. To coat or cover (seams of a ship, for example) with waterproof material such as tar or asphalt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To give money or other compensation to in exchange for goods or services.
  • v. To discharge, as a debt or other obligation, by giving or doing what is due or required.
  • v. To discharge a debt by delivering (money owed).
  • v. To be profitable for.
  • v. To give (something else than money).
  • v. To be profitable.
  • v. To discharge an obligation or debt.
  • v. To suffer consequences.
  • n. Money given in return for work; salary or wages.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Satisfaction; content.
  • n. An equivalent or return for money due, goods purchased, or services performed; salary or wages for work or service; compensation; recompense; payment; hire
  • intransitive v. To give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt.
  • intransitive v. Hence, to make or secure suitable return for expense or trouble; to be remunerative or profitable; to be worth the effort or pains required
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. Hence, figuratively: To compensate justly; to requite according to merit; to reward; to punish; to retort or retaliate upon.
  • transitive v. 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).
  • transitive v. To discharge or fulfill, as a duy; to perform or render duty, as that which has been promised.
  • transitive v. To give or offer, without an implied obligation

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To appease; satisfy; content; please.
  • To make satisfaction or amends for.
  • To satisfy the claims of; compensate, as for goods, etc., supplied, or for services rendered; recompense; requite; remunerate; reward: as, to pay workmen or servants; to pay one's creditors.
  • To discharge, as a debt or an obligation, by giving or doing that which is due: as, to pay taxes; to pay vows.
  • To bear; defray: as, who will pay the cost? hence, to defray the expense of: as, to pay one's way in the world.
  • To give; deliver; hand over as in discharge of a debt: as, to pay money; to pay the price.
  • To give or render, without any sense of obligation: as, to pay attention; to pay court to a woman; to pay a compliment.
  • Figuratively, to requite with what is deserved; hence, to punish; chastise; castigate: still in colloquial use.
  • To be remunerative to; be advantageous or profitable to; repay.
  • Nautical, to cause to fall to leeward, as the head of a ship.
  • To make payment or requital; meet one's debts or obligations: as, he pays well or promptly.
  • To yield a suitable return or reward, as for outlay, expense, or trouble; be remunerative, profitable, or advantageous: as, litigation does not pay.
  • To give equal value for; bear the charge or cost of; give in exchange for.
  • Nautical, to coat or cover with tar or pitch, or with a composition of tar, resin, turpentine, tallow, and the like: as, to pay a seam or a rope.
  • n. Satisfaction; content; liking; pleasure.
  • n. Compensation given for services performed; salary or wages; stipend; recompense; hire: as, a soldier's pay and allowances; the men demanded higher pay.
  • n. Pay-day.
  • n. Synonyms Wages, etc. See salary.
  • n. In gold-mining, sufficient metal in a vein or bed to pay for working it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. do or give something to somebody in return
  • v. give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
  • n. something that remunerates
  • v. bring in
  • v. render
  • v. dedicate
  • v. discharge or settle
  • v. cancel or discharge a debt
  • v. convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow
  • v. be worth it
  • v. make a compensation for
  • v. bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action

Etymologies

Middle English paien, from Old French paiier, from Late Latin pācāre, to appease, from Latin, to pacify, subdue, from pāx, pāc-, peace; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
Obsolete French peier, from Old French, from Latin picāre, from pix, pic-, pitch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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 ġieldan ("to pay")), Middle English schotten ("to pay, make payment") (from Old English scot, ġescot ("payment")). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What pay, _pay_, mind you, did he ever get for taking care of _you_?

    Shelled by an Unseen Foe

  • "It was Dr. O'Grady that promised for us and before I pay a penny for a man that owes me more this minute than he can pay——"

    General John Regan

  • NiceGirl: Do the cam sites et al. pay for conversions (traffic that generates revenue) or for raw traffic (hits)? artwilliams: So even though they are looking for * free* porn, they are expected to * pay* for cam and dating sites, and toys?

    LUKE IS BACK

  • For which, or pay me quickly, or I'll _pay_ you. "

    Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies

  • But today the term pay or play is frequently used as a shorthand method for saying simply that there is a firm financial commitment under a deal.

    The Movie Business Book, Third Edition

  • This gives the term pay for performance a new meaning.

    OpEdNews - Diary: AMERICAN IDIOTS

  • PAGE: And that -- and he also used the term pay for play, which ...

    CNN Transcript Dec 10, 2008

  • Spain, Denmark and Japan are among those countries giving a new meaning to the phrase "pay as you go": they compensate workers who agree to return to their country of origin.

    The Economist: Daily news and views

  • He ended up giving each of his players a T-shirt with the phrase "pay the price" on the front and "keep the change" on the back during spring drills, a reminder to them that he's here for a reason: To help a program, that always found a way to fall just short of expectations, take the final step toward Big East prominence.

    The Seattle Times

  • At some point the tubeless will cost more, but you have the advantage (especially if you don't have insurance) of paying less up front with the cost spread out over several years, thus the term pay-as-you-go.

    Discussion Forum - TuDiabetes

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  • In Sogdian pay ~ βäg 'share'

    January 19, 2011

  • 1) Verb

    2) Drink

    example :

    1) Paanu pani pay - Drink tea

    2) Sokku pani pay - Drink water for thirsty

    3) kaLa pani pay = Drink liquor

    4) haLLu pay = Drink slowly

    August 15, 2010