verb (used with object), paid or ( Obsolete except for def 12 ) payed, pay·ing.
verb (used without object), paid, pay·ing.
Verb Phrases past and past participle paid or ( Obsolete except for def 30c ) payed, present participle pay·ing.
- 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 pay (someone) everything that is due that person, especially to do so and discharge from one's employ.
- to pay (a debt) in full.
- Informal. to bribe.
- to retaliate upon or punish.
- Nautical. to fall off to leeward.
- to result in success or failure: The risk paid off handsomely.
- to distribute (money, wages, etc.); disburse.
- to get revenge upon for an injury; punish.
- to let out (a rope) by slackening.
- to pay fully.
- to pay on demand: The gangsters used threats of violence to force the shopkeepers to pay up.
Idioms for pay
- 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 repay or return: to pay back a loan.
- to retaliate against or punish: She paid us back by refusing the invitation.
- to requite.
- 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.
Origin of pay1
SYNONYMS FOR pay
Words nearby pay
Definition for pay (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), payed, pay·ing. Nautical.
Origin of pay2
Example sentences from the Web for pay
I was declared innocent, and they said I should pay $104,000.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The escort site Cowboys4Angels peddles chiseled, hot-bodied men and their smoldering model looks to women willing to pay.Career-Minded Women Turn to Male Escorts For No-Strings Fun and (Maybe) Sex|Aurora Snow|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
One that they cannot cash in at the bank to pay for their flats.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem|Danielle Belton|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
That could include private financial or personal information—like the credit-card numbers you used to pay for the corrupted Wi-Fi.How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security|Kyle Chayka|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead of just cutting out whole food groups, Bacon says people should pay attention to how food makes them feel.
I again refused, and we stood higgling, until we agreed that I should pay him six, and one by way of a dress for himself.The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan|James Morier
I agree with my friend that we will pay a visit to Mr. A. at two in the morning.Arrows of the Chace, v. 2|John Ruskin
If a man will not pay his store bills you cannot expect him to pay his doctor.How to Collect a Doctor Bill|Frank P. Davis
Good gracious,” I replied, “and does he pay you well for them?The Wallypug in London|G. E. Farrow
There are moments when I no longer know what I say; you must not pay attention to it.The Princess of Bagdad|Alexandre Dumas
British Dictionary definitions for pay (1 of 2)
verb pays, paying or paid
- to contribute one's share of expenses
- to remain solvent without outside help
- money given in return for work or services; a salary or wage
- (as modifier)a pay slip; pay claim
Word Origin for pay
British Dictionary definitions for pay (2 of 2)
verb pays, paying or payed
Word Origin for pay
Idioms and Phrases with pay
In addition to the idioms beginning with pay
- pay a call
- pay a compliment
- pay as you go
- pay attention
- pay a visit
- pay back
- pay court to
- pay dirt, hit
- pay for
- pay off
- pay one's dues
- pay one's respects
- pay one's way
- pay out
- pay the piper
- pay through the nose
- pay up
- pay your money and take your choice
- (pay the piper) call the tune
- crime does not pay
- devil to pay
- hell to pay
- lip service, pay
- rob Peter to pay Paul
- you get what you pay for