What is the meaning of pay?


  • Something that remunerates.
    • usage: "wages were paid by check"; "he wasted his pay on drink"; "they saved a quarter of all their earnings"


  • Give money, usually in exchange for goods or services.
    • usage: "I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress, please"
  • Convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow.
    • usage: "Don't pay him any mind"; "give the orders"; "Give him my best regards"; "pay attention"
  • Cancel or discharge a debt.
    • usage: "pay up, please"
  • Bring in.
    • usage: "interest-bearing accounts"; "How much does this savings certificate pay annually"
  • Do or give something to somebody in return.
    • usage: "Does she pay you for the work you are doing"
  • Dedicate.
    • usage: "give thought to"; "give priority to"; "pay attention to"
  • Be worth it.
    • usage: "It pays to go through the trouble"
  • Render.
    • usage: "pay a visit"; "pay a call"
  • Bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action.
    • usage: "You'll pay for this"; "She had to pay the penalty for speaking out rashly"; "You'll pay for this opinion later"
  • Make a compensation for.
    • usage: "a favor that cannot be paid back"
  • Discharge or settle.
    • usage: "pay a debt"; "pay an obligation"
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APAWordNet. (2010). pay. Retrieved September 25, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/pay/definitions/1300798
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "pay" http://smartdefine.org/pay/definitions/1300798 (accessed September 25, 2018).
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