pay: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (pā), [key]
— v., n., adj. paid payed pay&syling
- 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!
- to let (a ship) fall off to leeward.
- 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.
- to pay for (goods, services, etc.) at the time of purchase, as opposed to buying on credit.
- to spend no more than income permits; keep out of debt.
- to pay income tax by regular deductions from one's salary or wages.
- to pay back a loan.
- to repay or return:to pay back a loan.
- to retaliate against or punish:She paid us back by refusing the invitation.
- to requite.
- On this plan you pay only ten percent down.
- to pay (part of the total price) at the time of purchase, with the promise to pay the balance in installments:On this plan you pay only ten percent down.
- to pay off or back; amortize:The company's debt is being paid down rapidly.
- to suffer or be punished for: to pay for one's sins.
- The risk paid off handsomely.
- to pay (someone) everything that is due that person, esp. to do so and discharge from one's employ.
- to pay (a debt) in full.
- Informal.to bribe.
- to retaliate upon or punish.
- Naut.to fall off to leeward.
- to result in success or failure:The risk paid off handsomely.
- It will take time for the restaurant to begin paying its way.
- to pay one's portion of shared expenses.
- to yield a return on one's investment sufficient to repay one's expenses:It will take time for the restaurant to begin paying its way.
- to distribute (money, wages, etc.); disburse.
- to get revenge upon for an injury; punish.
- to let out (a rope) by slackening.
- The gangsters used threats of violence to force the shopkeepers to pay up.
- to pay fully.
- to pay on demand:The gangsters used threats of violence to force the shopkeepers to pay up.
- the act of paying or being paid; payment.
- wages, salary, or a stipend.
- a person with reference to solvency or reputation for meeting obligations: The bank regards him as good pay.
- paid employment: in the pay of the enemy.
- reward or punishment; requital.
- a rock stratum from which petroleum is obtained.
- requiring subscribed or monthly payment for use or service: pay television.
- operable or accessible on deposit of a coin or coins: a pay toilet.
- of or pertaining to payment.
Pronunciation: (pā), [key]
— payed, pay•ing.
- to coat or cover (seams, a ship's bottom, etc.) with pitch, tar, or the like.
- pay (Thesaurus)