AskDefine | Define pay

Dictionary Definition

pay n : something that remunerates; "wages were paid by check"; "he wasted his pay on drink"; "they saved a quarter of all their earnings" [syn: wage, earnings, remuneration, salary]


1 give money, usually in exchange for goods or services; "I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress, please"
2 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" [syn: give]
3 do or give something to somebody in return; "Does she pay you for the work you are doing?" [syn: pay off, make up, compensate]
4 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 cancel or discharge a debt; "pay up, please!" [syn: pay up, ante up] [ant: default]
6 bring in; "interest-bearing accounts"; "How much does this savings certificate pay annually?" [syn: yield, bear]
7 render; "pay a visit"; "pay a call"
8 be worth it; "It pays to go through the trouble"
9 dedicate; "give thought to"; "give priority to"; "pay attention to" [syn: give, devote]
10 discharge or settle; "pay a debt"; "pay an obligation"
11 make a compensation for; "a favor that cannot be paid back" [also: paid]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /peɪ/, /peI/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪ


  1. To give money in exchange for goods or services.
  2. To be profitable.
    Crime doesn’t pay
  3. In the context of "figurative": To give (something else than money).
    To pay attention


to give money in exchange for goods or services
to be profitable
to give
  • German: schenken, gebühren
  • Portuguese: prestar
  • Russian: уделять , уделить
Translations to be checked


money given in return for work
  • Danish: betaling
  • Finnish: palkka
  • Hungarian: fizetés
  • Portuguese: pagamento
  • Slovene: plača



  1. share



  1. he; she



  1. portion


Extensive Definition

Pay may refer to:
pay in Italian: PAY
pay in Simple English: Pay

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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