pay
I. verb (paid; also in sense 7 payed; paying) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French paier, from Latin pacare to pacify, from pac-, pax peace Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. to make due return to for services rendered or property delivered b. to engage for money ; hire <
you couldn't pay me to do that
>
2. a. to give in return for goods or service <
pay wages
>
b. to discharge indebtedness for ; settle <
pay a bill
>
c. to make a disposal or transfer of (money) 3. to give or forfeit in expiation or retribution <
pay the penalty
>
4. a. to make compensation for b. to requite according to what is deserved <
pay them back
>
5. to give, offer, or make freely or as fitting <
pay attention
>
<
pay your respects
>
6. a. to return value or profit to <
it pays you to stay open
>
b. to bring in as a return <
an investment paying five percent
>
7. to slacken (as a rope) and allow to run out — used with out intransitive verb 1. to discharge a debt or obligation 2. to be worth the expense or effort <
crime doesn't pay
>
3. to suffer the consequences of an act Synonyms: pay, compensate, remunerate, satisfy, reimburse, indemnify, repay, recompense mean to give money or its equivalent in return for something. pay implies the discharge of an obligation incurred <
paid their bills on time
>
. compensate implies a making up for services rendered or help given <
an attorney well compensated for her services
>
. remunerate more clearly suggests paying for services rendered and may extend to payment that is generous or not contracted for <
promised to remunerate the searchers handsomely
>
. satisfy implies paying a person what is demanded or required by law <
all creditors will be satisfied in full
>
. reimburse implies a return of money that has been expended for another's benefit <
reimbursed employees for expenses
>
. indemnify implies making good a loss suffered through accident, disaster, warfare <
indemnified the families of the dead miners
>
. repay stresses paying back an equivalent in kind or amount <
repay a favor with a favor
>
. recompense suggests due return in amends, friendly repayment, or reward <
hotel guests were recompensed for their inconvenience
>
. II. noun Date: 14th century 1. something paid for a purpose and especially as a salary or wage ; remuneration 2. a. the act or fact of paying or being paid b. the status of being paid by an employer ; employ 3. a person viewed with respect to reliability or promptness in paying debts or bills 4. a. ore or a natural deposit that yields metal and especially gold in profitable amounts b. an oil-yielding stratum or zone Synonyms: see wage III. adjective Date: 1856 1. containing or leading to something precious or valuable 2. equipped with a coin slot for receiving a fee for use <
a pay telephone
>
3. requiring payment IV. transitive verb (payed; also paid; paying) Etymology: obsolete French peier, from Latin picare, from pic-, pix pitch — more at pitch Date: 1627 to coat with a waterproof composition

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  • 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 — (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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

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