Definitions for: Pay


[n] something that remunerates; "wages were paid by check"; "he wasted his pay on drink"; "they saved a quarter of all their earnings"
[v] as in the expressions"give thought to"; "give priority to"
[v] 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"
[v] convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow; "Don't pay him any mind"; "give the orders"; "Give him my best regards"; "pay attention"
[v] give money, usually in exchange for goods or services; "I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress, please"
[v] cancel or discharge a debt; "pay up, please!"
[v] discharge or settle; "pay a debt"; "pay an obligation"
[v] do or give something to somebody in return; "Does she pay you for the work you are doing?"
[v] bring in; as of investments; "interest-bearing accounts"; "How much does this savings certificate pay annually?"
[v] make a compensation for; "a favor that cannot be paid back"
[v] render; "pay a visit"; "pay a call"
[v] be worth it; "It pays to go through the trouble"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pay, v. t. [OF. peier, fr. L. picare to pitch, i? pitch:
cf. OF. peiz pitch, F. poix. See Pitch a black substance.]
(Naut.)
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.


Pay, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Paid; p. pr. & vb. n.
Paying.] [OE. paien, F. payer, fr. L. pacare to pacify,
appease, fr. pax, pacis, peace. See Peace.]
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.'' --Matt. xviii. 28.

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.
(a) To make compensation to and discharge; as, to pay off
the crew of a ship.
(b) 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 (Naut.), to pass out; hence, to slacken; to
allow to run out; as, to pay out more cable. See under
Cable.

To pay the piper, to bear the cost, expense, or trouble.
[Colloq.]


Pay (p[=a]), v. i.
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.
(a) To make amends for; to atone for; as, men often pay
for their mistakes with loss of property or
reputation, sometimes with life.
(b) 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.] (Naut.) To fall to
leeward, as the head of a vessel under sail.

To pay on. [Etymol. uncertain.] To beat with vigor; to
redouble blows. [Colloq.]

To pay round [Etymol. uncertain.] (Naut.) To turn the
ship's head.


Pay, n.
1. Satisfaction; content. --Chaucer.

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 under Half.

Pay day, the day of settlement of accounts.

Pay dirt (Mining), earth which yields a profit to the
miner. [Western U.S.]

Pay office, a place where payment is made.

Pay roll, a roll or list of persons entitled to payment,
with the amounts due.

Synonyms: ante up, bear, devote, earnings, give, give, make up, pay up, remuneration, salary, wage, yield

Antonyms: default, default on

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