What does PAY mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wage, pay, earnings, remuneration, salaryverb

    something that remunerates

    "wages were paid by check"; "he wasted his pay on drink"; "they saved a quarter of all their earnings"

  2. payverb

    give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

    "I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress, please"

  3. give, payverb

    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"

  4. pay up, ante up, payverb

    cancel or discharge a debt

    "pay up, please!"

  5. yield, pay, bearverb

    bring in

    "interest-bearing accounts"; "How much does this savings certificate pay annually?"

  6. pay, pay off, make up, compensateverb

    do or give something to somebody in return

    "Does she pay you for the work you are doing?"

  7. give, pay, devoteverb

    dedicate

    "give thought to"; "give priority to"; "pay attention to"

  8. payverb

    be worth it

    "It pays to go through the trouble"

  9. payverb

    render

    "pay a visit"; "pay a call"

  10. payverb

    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"

  11. payverb

    make a compensation for

    "a favor that cannot be paid back"

  12. payverb

    discharge or settle

    "pay a debt"; "pay an obligation"

Wiktionary

  1. paynoun

    Money given in return for work; salary or wages.

    Many employers have rules designed to keep employees from comparing their pays.

    Etymology: From payen, from paier, from pācāre "to settle, satisfy" from paco. Displaced native yelden (from gieldan), scotten (from gescot).

  2. payverb

    To give money in exchange for goods or services.

    He paid him to clean the place up.

    Etymology: From payen, from paier, from pācāre "to settle, satisfy" from paco. Displaced native yelden (from gieldan), scotten (from gescot).

  3. payverb

    To be profitable.

    Crime doesn't pay.

    Etymology: From payen, from paier, from pācāre "to settle, satisfy" from paco. Displaced native yelden (from gieldan), scotten (from gescot).

  4. payverb

    To be profitable for.

    It didn't pay him to keep the store open any more.

    Etymology: From payen, from paier, from pācāre "to settle, satisfy" from paco. Displaced native yelden (from gieldan), scotten (from gescot).

  5. payverb

    To give (something else than money).

    To pay attention

    Etymology: From payen, from paier, from pācāre "to settle, satisfy" from paco. Displaced native yelden (from gieldan), scotten (from gescot).

  6. payverb

    To discharge an obligation or debt.

    He was allowed to go as soon as he paid.

    Etymology: From payen, from paier, from pācāre "to settle, satisfy" from paco. Displaced native yelden (from gieldan), scotten (from gescot).

  7. payverb

    To suffer consequences.

    He paid for his fun in the sun with a terrible sunburn.

    Etymology: From payen, from paier, from pācāre "to settle, satisfy" from paco. Displaced native yelden (from gieldan), scotten (from gescot).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Payverb

    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

    Etymology: [OF. peier, fr. L. picare to pitch, pix pitch: cf. OF. peiz pitch, F. poix. See Pitch a black substance.]

  2. Payverb

    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

    Etymology: [OF. peier, fr. L. picare to pitch, pix pitch: cf. OF. peiz pitch, F. poix. See Pitch a black substance.]

  3. Payverb

    hence, figuratively: To compensate justly; to requite according to merit; to reward; to punish; to retort or retaliate upon

    Etymology: [OF. peier, fr. L. picare to pitch, pix pitch: cf. OF. peiz pitch, F. poix. See Pitch a black substance.]

  4. Payverb

    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)

    Etymology: [OF. peier, fr. L. picare to pitch, pix pitch: cf. OF. peiz pitch, F. poix. See Pitch a black substance.]

  5. Payverb

    to discharge or fulfill, as a duy; to perform or render duty, as that which has been promised

    Etymology: [OF. peier, fr. L. picare to pitch, pix pitch: cf. OF. peiz pitch, F. poix. See Pitch a black substance.]

  6. Payverb

    to give or offer, without an implied obligation; as, to pay attention; to pay a visit

    Etymology: [OF. peier, fr. L. picare to pitch, pix pitch: cf. OF. peiz pitch, F. poix. See Pitch a black substance.]

  7. Payverb

    to give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt

    Etymology: [OF. peier, fr. L. picare to pitch, pix pitch: cf. OF. peiz pitch, F. poix. See Pitch a black substance.]

  8. Payverb

    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

    Etymology: [OF. peier, fr. L. picare to pitch, pix pitch: cf. OF. peiz pitch, F. poix. See Pitch a black substance.]

  9. Paynoun

    satisfaction; content

    Etymology: [OF. peier, fr. L. picare to pitch, pix pitch: cf. OF. peiz pitch, F. poix. See Pitch a black substance.]

  10. Paynoun

    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

    Etymology: [OF. peier, fr. L. picare to pitch, pix pitch: cf. OF. peiz pitch, F. poix. See Pitch a black substance.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pay

    pā, v.t. to satisfy or set at rest: to discharge, as a debt or a duty: to requite with what is deserved: to reward: to punish: to give, render.—v.i. to recompense: to be worth one's trouble: to be profitable:—pa.t. and pa.p. paid.—n. that which satisfies: money given for service: salary, wages.—adj. Pay′able, that may be paid: that ought to be paid: due.—ns. Pay′-bill, a statement of moneys to be paid, to workmen, soldiers, &c.; Pay′-clerk, a clerk who pays wages; Pay′-day, a regular day for payment, as of wages; Pay′-dirt, -grav′el, gravel or sand containing enough gold to be worth working; Payee′, one to whom money is paid; Pay′er; Pay′-list, -roll, a list of persons entitled to pay, with the amounts due to each; Pay′master, the master who pays: an officer in the army or navy whose duty it is to pay soldiers, &c.; Pay′ment, the act of paying: the discharge of a debt by money or its equivalent in value: that which is paid: recompense: reward: punishment; Pay′-off′ice, the place where payments are made; Full′-pay, the whole amount of wages, &c., without deductions; Half′-pay (see Half).—Pay down, to pay in cash on the spot; Pay for, to make amends for: to bear the expense of; Pay off, to discharge: to take revenge upon: to requite: (naut.) to fall away to leeward; Pay out, to cause to run out, as rope; Pay round, to turn the ship's head; Pay the piper, to have all expenses to pay.—In the pay of, hired by. [Fr. payer—L. pacāre, to appease; cf. pax, peace.]

  2. Pay

    pā, v.t. (naut., and in the proverb 'the devil to pay') to smear with tar, pitch, &c. [Perh. through O. Fr. peier (Sp. empegar) from L. picāre, to pitch.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pay

    A buccaneering principle of hire, under the notion of plunder and sharing in prizes, was, no purchase no pay.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. pay

    Is the stipend or salary allowed for each individual serving in the army.

Editors Contribution

  1. pay

    To use or give money or form of official currency for commodities, employment, products, goods or services.

    The couple pay the bills using their joint bank account income as they plan and create their wedding day with love and unity.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 26, 2020  

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Anagrams for PAY »

  1. APY

  2. Pya

  3. Yap

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of PAY in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of PAY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of PAY in a Sentence

  1. Kristin Kolodge:

    'Will they pay?' is always the key question.

  2. Ben Johnson:

    This is the first time I have ever heard of a firm offering to pay some brokerage costs for a new product.

  3. Paulo Batista:

    My father is a first-generation immigrant, this was some way to pay back and show love for the country. It was embedded in me, and it became a passion.

  4. Peter Pellegrini:

    Slovakia will pay 1.589 billion euros for 14 fighter jets, pilot training, ammunition and two-year logistical support.

  5. Craig Pirrong:

    The glut increases liquidity. Liquidity enhances optionality. Optionality creates value. Don't stymie this salutary development. Go with it. It will pay off in both the short term and the long term.

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