To pay for
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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  • To reckon for — Reckon Reck on, v. i. 1. To make an enumeration or computation; to engage in numbering or computing. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To come to an accounting; to make up accounts; to settle; to examine and strike the balance of debt and credit; to adjust …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To pay off — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To pay on — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To pay round — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pay for — {v.} To have trouble because of (something you did wrong or did not do); be punished or suffer because of. * /When Bob could not get a good job, he realized he had to pay for all the years of fooling around instead of working in school./ * /Mary… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pay for — {v.} To have trouble because of (something you did wrong or did not do); be punished or suffer because of. * /When Bob could not get a good job, he realized he had to pay for all the years of fooling around instead of working in school./ * /Mary… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Pay for performance (healthcare) — Pay for performance is an emerging movement in health insurance (initially in Britain and United States). Providers under this arrangement are rewarded for meeting pre established targets for delivery of healthcare services. This is a fundamental …   Wikipedia

  • To pay off — 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

  • To pay one's duty — 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

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