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.
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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
synonym study for 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
We payed for DirecTV for years and DH always had to buy the NFL Sunday ticket.
As no pitch or tar could be procured, she was payed over with a mixture of lime and oil, as was the Deliverance.The Settlers|William H. G. Kingston
Item, payed for a brekefast lost at bolling by my Lady Mary's Grace, xs.Ten Thousand Wonderful Things|Edmund Fillingham King
This is too high a compliment to be payed to Greece in its infant state, and detracts greatly from the character of the Egyptians.
Pike payed out the hawser, the coxswain eased off the spring; away went the boat, and next moment Pike had Stanley by the hair.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands|R.M. Ballantyne
Four years ago he payed for the production of a play of his, by a stock company I was with."Persons Unknown"|Virginia Tracy
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