Pronunciation: pād
v. t.1.(Naut.) To cover, as bottom of a vessel, a seam, a spar, etc., with tar or pitch, or waterproof composition of tallow, resin, etc.; to smear.
1.To satisfy, or content; specifically, to satisfy (another person) for service rendered, property delivered, etc.; to discharge one's obligation to; to make due return to; to compensate; to remunerate; to recompense; to requite; as, to pay workmen or servants.
[imp. & p. p. Paid (pād); p. pr. & vb. n. Paying.]
May no penny ale them pay [i. e., satisfy].
- P. Plowman.
[She] pays me with disdain.
- Dryden.
2.Hence, figuratively: To compensate justly; to requite according to merit; to reward; to punish; to retort or retaliate upon.
For which, or pay me quickly, or I'll pay you.
- B. Jonson.
3.To discharge, as a debt, demand, or obligation, by giving or doing what is due or required; to deliver the amount or value of to the person to whom it is owing; to discharge a debt by delivering (money owed).
Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
- Matt. xviii. 26.
If they pay this tax, they starve.
- Tennyson.
4.To discharge or fulfill, as a duy; to perform or render duty, as that which has been promised.
This day have I paid my vows.
- Prov. vii. 14.
5.To give or offer, without an implied obligation; as, to pay attention; to pay a visit.
Not paying me a welcome.
- Shak.
To pay off
a - To make compensation to and discharge; as, to pay off the crew of a ship
b - To allow (a thread, cord, etc.) to run off; to unwind.
c - to bribe.
To pay one's duty
to render homage, as to a sovereign or other superior.
To pay out
(Naut.) to pass out; hence, to slacken; to allow to run out; as, to pay out more cable. See under Cable.
To pay the piper
to bear the cost, expense, or trouble.
v. i.1.To give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt.
The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again.
- Ps. xxxvii. 21.
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.
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.
n.1.Satisfaction; content.
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 pay of a soldier.
There is neither pay nor plunder to be got.
- L'Estrange.
Full pay
the whole amount of wages or salary; maximum pay; especially, the highest pay or allowance to civil or military officers of a certain rank, without deductions.
Half pay
See under Half.
Pay day
the day of settlement of accounts.
Pay dirt
(Mining) earth which yields a profit to the miner.
Pay office
a place where payment is made.
Pay roll
a - a roll or list of persons entitled to payment, with the amounts due; now usually one word, payroll.
Noun1.Paypay - something that remunerates; "wages were paid by check"; "he wasted his pay on drink"; "they saved a quarter of all their earnings"
Verb1.pay - give money, usually in exchange for goods or services; "I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress, please"
2.pay - convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow; "Don't pay him any mind"; "give the orders"; "Give him my best regards"; "pay attention"
Synonyms: give
3.pay - do or give something to somebody in return; "Does she pay you for the work you are doing?"
4.pay - bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action; "You'll pay for this!"; "She had to pay the penalty for speaking out rashly"; "You'll pay for this opinion later"
5.pay - cancel or discharge a debt; "pay up, please!"
Synonyms: ante up, pay up
6.pay - bring in; "interest-bearing accounts"; "How much does this savings certificate pay annually?"
Synonyms: bear, yield
7.pay - render; "pay a visit"; "pay a call"
8.pay - be worth it; "It pays to go through the trouble"
9.pay - dedicate; "give thought to"; "give priority to"; "pay attention to"
Synonyms: devote, give
10.pay - discharge or settle; "pay a debt"; "pay an obligation"
11.pay - make a compensation for; "a favor that cannot be paid back"
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