v. paid or \( obs. except for def. 18b) payed, pay•ing,
1) to discharge or settle (a debt, obligation, etc.), as by transferring money or goods, or by doing something
2) to give over (money) in exchange for something
3) to transfer money to (a person or organization) as compensation for work done or services rendered
4) to defray (cost or expense)
5) to be profitable to:
Your training will pay you well in the future[/ex]
6) to yield as a return:
The stock paid six percent last year[/ex]
7) to reward or retaliate against, as for good, harm, or an offense
8) to give or render (attention, respects, a compliment, etc.), as if due or fitting
9) to make (a call, visit, etc.)
10) to suffer in retribution; undergo:
to pay the penalty for a crime[/ex]
11) to transfer money, goods, etc., as in making a purchase or settling a debt
12) to discharge a debt or obligation
13) to yield a return, profit, or advantage; be worthwhile:
It pays to be courteous[/ex]
14) to give compensation, as for damage or loss sustained
15) to suffer or be punished for something:
to pay with one's life[/ex]
16) phv pay back
a) to repay or return
b) to retaliate against; punish
17) phv pay off
a) to pay (someone) everything that is due that person, esp. final wages
b) to pay (a debt) in full
c) Informal. to bribe
d) to retaliate against; punish
e) to result in success or failure
18) phv pay out
a) to distribute (money, wages, etc.); disburse
b) to let out (a rope) by slackening
19) pay up
a) phv to pay fully
b) phv to pay on demand
20) the act of paying or being paid; payment
21) wages, salary, or a stipend
22) paid employment
23) cvb operable or accessible on deposit of coins:
a pay toilet[/ex]
24) pertaining to or requiring payment
Etymology: 1150–1200; ME < OF paier < ML pācāre to satisfy, settle (a debt), L: to pacify (by force of arms). See peace II
[[t]peɪ[/t]] v. t. payed, pay•ing
naut. navig. to coat or cover (seams, a ship's bottom, etc.) with pitch, tar, or the like
Etymology: 1620–30; < MF peier, OF < L picāre to smear with pitch, der. of pix (s. pic-) pitch II

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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