from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of paying or the state of being paid.
  • noun An amount paid.
  • noun One's due, reward, or punishment; requital.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of paying; the delivery of money as payment, in the course of business.
  • noun More specifically, in law, the discharge of a pecuniary obligation by money or what is accepted as the equivalent of a specific sum of money; “the satisfaction, by or in the name of the debtor, to the creditor, of what is due, with the object to put an end to the obligation” (Goudsmit).
  • noun The thing given in discharge of a debt or fulfilment of a promise; recompense; requital; reward.
  • noun Hence, figuratively, chastisement; punishment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of paying, or giving compensation; the discharge of a debt or an obligation.
  • noun That which is paid; the thing given in discharge of a debt, or an obligation, or in fulfillment of a promise; reward; recompense; requital; return.
  • noun rare Punishment; chastisement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The act of paying.
  • noun countable A sum of money paid in exchange for goods or services.

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

  • noun a sum of money paid or a claim discharged
  • noun an act of requiting; returning in kind
  • noun the act of paying money


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