Definition of Pay

1. Noun. Something that remunerates. "They saved a quarter of all their earnings"




2. Verb. Give money, usually in exchange for goods or services. "They pay him to write the letter"; "Pay the waitress, please"

3. Verb. Convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow. "Pay attention"
Exact synonyms: Give
Generic synonyms: Communicate, Intercommunicate
Specialized synonyms: Extend, Offer

4. Verb. Cancel or discharge a debt. "They pay "; "Pay up, please!"
Exact synonyms: Ante Up, Pay Up
Specialized synonyms: Liquidate, Pay Off
Derivative terms: Payment, Payment
Antonyms: Default

5. Verb. Bring in. "How much does this savings certificate pay annually?"
Exact synonyms: Bear, Yield
Category relationships: Investment, Investment Funds
Generic synonyms: Bring In, Clear, Earn, Gain, Make, Pull In, Realise, Realize, Take In
Specialized synonyms: Clear, Net, Pay Off
Derivative terms: Yield, Yield, Yield

6. Verb. Do or give something to somebody in return. "They pay to move "; "Does she pay you for the work you are doing?"
Exact synonyms: Compensate, Make Up, Pay Off
Generic synonyms: Settle
Derivative terms: Compensation, Compensation, Payee, Payer
Also: Pay Back, Pay Off

7. Verb. Dedicate. "Pay attention to"
Exact synonyms: Devote, Give
Generic synonyms: Cerebrate, Cogitate, Think
Related verbs: Give, Sacrifice

8. Verb. Be worth it. "It pays to go through the trouble"
Generic synonyms: Be

9. Verb. Render. "They pay the money "; "Pay a call"
Generic synonyms: Make

10. Verb. Bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action. "You'll pay for this opinion later"
Generic synonyms: Abide, Bear, Brook, Digest, Endure, Put Up, Stand, Stick Out, Stomach, Suffer, Support, Tolerate
Specialized synonyms: Get One's Lumps, Take One's Lumps
Derivative terms: Payer

11. Verb. Make a compensation for. "A favor that cannot be paid back"
Related verbs: Fix, Get, Pay Back, Pay Off
Generic synonyms: Repay, Requite

12. Verb. Discharge or settle. "Pay an obligation"
Specialized synonyms: Ante Up, Pay Up
Generic synonyms: Settle
Derivative terms: Payer, Payment, Payment

Definition of Pay

1. v. t. 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.

2. v. t. 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; as, to pay workmen or servants.

3. v. i. To give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt.

4. n. Satisfaction; content.

Definition of Pay

1. Verb. (transitive) To give money in exchange for goods or services. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To be profitable. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To be profitable for. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To give (something else than money). ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To discharge an obligation or debt. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To suffer consequences. ¹

7. Noun. Money given in return for work; salary or wages. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pay

1. to give money or something of value in exchange for goods or services [v PAID or PAYED, PAYING, PAYS]

Medical Definition of Pay

1. 1. 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; as, to pay workmen or servants. "May no penny ale them pay [i. E, satisfy]" (P. Plowman) "[She] pays me with disdain." (Dryden) 2. Hence, figuratively: To compensate justly; to requite according to merit; to reward; to punish; to retort or retaliate upon. "For which, or pay me quickly, or I'll pay you." (B. Jonson) 3. 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). "Pay me that thou owest." "Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all." (Matt. Xviii. 26) "If they pay this tax, they starve." (Tennyson) 4. To discharge or fulfill, as a duy; to perform or render duty, as that which has been promised. "This day have I paid my vows." (Prov. Vii. 14) 5. To give or offer, without an implied obligation; as, to pay attention; to pay a visit. "Not paying me a welcome." (Shak) To pay off. To make compensation to and discharge; as, to pay off the crew of a ship. To allow (a thread, cord, etc) to run off; to unwind. To pay one's duty, to render homage, as to a sovereign or other superior. To pay out, to pass out; hence, to slacken; to allow to run out; as, to pay out more cable. See Cable. To pay the piper, to bear the cost, expense, or trouble. Origin: OE. Paien, F. Payer, fr. L. Pacare to pacify, appease, fr. Pax, pacis, peace. See Peace. To give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt. "The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again." (Ps. Xxxvii. 21) 2. Hence, to make or secure suitable return for expense or trouble; to be remunerative or profitable; to be worth the effort or pains required; as, it will pay to ride; it will pay to wait; politeness always pays. To pay for. To make amends for; to atone for; as, men often pay for their mistakes with loss of property or reputation, sometimes with life. To give an equivalent for; to bear the expense of; to be mulcted on account of. "'T was I paid for your sleeps; I watched your wakings." (Beau. & Fl) To pay off. [Etymol. Uncertain. To turn the ship's head. 1. Satisfaction; content. 2. An equivalent or return for money due, goods purchased, or services performed; salary or wages for work or service; compensation; recompense; payment; hire; as, the pay of a clerk; the pay of a soldier. "Where only merit constant pay receives." (Pope) "There is neither pay nor plunder to be got." (L'Estrange) Full pay, the whole amount of wages or salary; maximum pay; especially, the highest pay or allowance to civil or military officers of a certain rank, without deductions. Half pay. See Half. Pay day, the day of settlement of accounts. Pay dirt, earth which yields a profit to the miner. Pay office, a place where payment is made. Pay roll, a roll or list of persons entitled to payment, with the amounts due. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pay

paws
pawsful
pax
paxes
paxil
paxillin
paxillose
paxillus
paxis
paxite
paxiuba
paxiubas
paxwax
paxwaxes
paxywaxy
pay (current term)
pay-and-display
pay-as-you-go
pay-by-wave
pay-off
pay-offs
pay-per-view
pay-phone
pay-station
pay-to-play
pay TV
pay and display
pay as you earn
pay attention
pay back

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