Pay
Pay Pay (p[=a]), v. i. To give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt. [1913 Webster]

The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again. --Ps. xxxvii. 21. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

'T was I paid for your sleeps; I watched your wakings. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • pay — pay1 [pā] vt. paid or [Obs.] (except in phrase PAY OUT, sense 2)Obs. payed, paying [ME paien, to pay, satisfy < OFr paier < L pacare, to pacify < pax,PEACE] 1. to give to (a person) what is due, as for goods received, services rendered,… …   English World dictionary

  • Pay — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pay — ► VERB (past and past part. paid) 1) give (someone) money due for work, goods, or an outstanding debt. 2) give (a sum of money) thus owed. 3) be profitable or advantageous: crime doesn t pay. 4) suffer a loss or misfortune as a consequence of an… …   English terms dictionary

  • pay# — pay vb Pay, compensate, remunerate, satisfy, reimburse, indemnify, repay, recompense are comparable when they mean to give money or an equivalent in return for something. Pay is the ordinary term when the giving or furnishing of money to… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Pay — Pay, n. 1. Satisfaction; content. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pay — [n] earnings from employment allowance, bacon*, bread*, commission, compensation, consideration, defrayment, emoluments, fee, hire*, honorarium, income, indemnity, meed, payment, perquisite, pittance, proceeds, profit, reckoning, recompensation,… …   New thesaurus

  • pay — I noun allowance, award, compensation, consideration, defrayal, defrayment, earnings, emolument, fee, grant, hire, income, indemnity, meed, merces, monetary return, payment, perquisite, profit, reckoning, recompense, reimbursement, remittance,… …   Law dictionary

  • Pay — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pay — may refer to: *A wage or salary earned for work *The process of payment for goods and services, an aspect of trade *Waterproofing the seams of a wooden ship *Puffy AmiYumi a Japanese pop/rock band See also * Payback …   Wikipedia

  • pay — The past tense and past participle of the verb are both paid …   Modern English usage

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