1. [ verb ] give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

"I paid four dollars for this sandwich" "Pay the waitress, please"

Related terms: give spend finance bribe refund put_up disburse defray redeem compensate remit kick_back foot pay_cash charge tithe subsidise prefer overpay underpay compensate go_dutch prepay disburse redeem liquidate fund buy_off wage payer payee
2. [ verb ] convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow
Synonyms: give

"Don't pay him any mind" "give the orders" "Give him my best regards" "pay attention"

Related terms: communicate offer
3. [ verb ] cancel or discharge a debt
Synonyms: ante_up pay_up

"pay up, please!"

Related terms: default liquidate wage
4. [ verb ] do or give something to somebody in return
Synonyms: make_up pay_off compensate

"Does she pay you for the work you are doing?"

Related terms: settle pay_back pay_back compensation payer payee
5. [ noun ] (business) something that remunerates
Synonyms: wage salary earnings remuneration

"wages were paid by check" "he wasted his pay on drink" "they saved a quarter of all their earnings"

Related terms: regular_payment sick_pay found half-pay living_wage double_time pay_envelope merit_pay take-home_pay strike_pay minimum_wage combat_pay payroll pay_up yield
6. [ verb ] render

"pay a visit" "pay a call"

Related terms: make
7. [ verb ] bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action

"You'll pay for this!" "She had to pay the penalty for speaking out rashly" "You'll pay for this opinion later"

Related terms: endure get_one's_lumps payer
8. [ verb ] (business) bring in; as of investments
Synonyms: bear yield

"interest-bearing accounts" "How much does this savings certificate pay annually?"

Related terms: gain pay_off net investment output output
9. [ verb ] be worth it

"It pays to go through the trouble"

Related terms: be
10. [ verb ] as in the expressions "give thought to"
Synonyms: give devote

"give priority to", etc.

Related terms: think sacrifice
11. [ verb ] discharge or settle

"pay a debt" "pay an obligation"

Related terms: settle pay_up payment
12. [ verb ] (business) make a compensation for

"a favor that cannot be paid back"

Related terms: requite pay_back
13. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 27282
Similar spelling:   PAYE