wage, pay, earnings, remuneration, salary(verb)
something that remunerates
"wages were paid by check"; "he wasted his pay on drink"; "they saved a quarter of all their earnings"
give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
"I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress, please"
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"
pay up, ante up, pay(verb)
cancel or discharge a debt
"pay up, please!"
yield, pay, bear(verb)
"interest-bearing accounts"; "How much does this savings certificate pay annually?"
pay, pay off, make up, compensate(verb)
do or give something to somebody in return
"Does she pay you for the work you are doing?"
give, pay, devote(verb)
"give thought to"; "give priority to"; "pay attention to"
be worth it
"It pays to go through the trouble"
"pay a visit"; "pay a call"
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"
make a compensation for
"a favor that cannot be paid back"
discharge or settle
"pay a debt"; "pay an obligation"
Money given in return for work; salary or wages.
Many employers have rules designed to keep employees from comparing their pays.
To give money in exchange for goods or services.
He paid him to clean the place up.
To be profitable.
Crime doesnu2019t pay.
To be profitable for.
It didn't pay him to keep the store open any more.
To give (something else than money).
To pay attention
To discharge an obligation or debt.
He was allowed to go as soon as he paid.
To suffer consequences.
He paid for his fun in the sun with a terrible sunburn.
Origin: From payen, from paier, from pācāre "to settle, satisfy" from paco. Displaced native yelden (from gieldan), scotten (from gescot).
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
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
hence, figuratively: To compensate justly; to requite according to merit; to reward; to punish; to retort or retaliate upon
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)
to discharge or fulfill, as a duy; to perform or render duty, as that which has been promised
to give or offer, without an implied obligation; as, to pay attention; to pay a visit
to give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt
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
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
Origin: [OF. peier, fr. L. picare to pitch, pix pitch: cf. OF. peiz pitch, F. poix. See Pitch a black substance.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
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.]
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The numerical value of PAY in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of PAY in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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- يدفع, معاش, دفع, أجرArabic
- заплаціць, плаціцьBelarusian
- плащам, платяBulgarian
- pagarCatalan, Valencian
- vyplatit, platitCzech
- betaling, betaleDanish
- schenken, auszahlen, zahlen, bezahlen, gebührenGerman
- αποδίδω, πληρώνω, μισθόςGreek
- pagi, profitigiEsperanto
- valer la pena, redituar, pagar, paga, pago, salir a cuentaSpanish
- palkka, kannattaa, maksaaFinnish
- rinda, gjaldaFaroese
- beteljeWestern Frisian
- díol, íocIrish
- tuarasdal, cosnadh, pàighScottish Gaelic
- वेतन देना, क़ीमत देनाHindi
- fizetés, fizet, kifizetHungarian
- gjalda, greiða, borgaIcelandic
- paga, pagareItalian
- 払う, 支払うJapanese
- ចេញថ្លៃ, បង់ថ្លៃKhmer
- 계산하다, 지불하다, 내다Korean
- repenso, penso, solvo, defungor, persolvo, compensoLatin
- bezuelenLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- плати, плаќаMacedonian
- betalen, lonen, opbrengenDutch
- zapłacić, pensja, płaca, płacićPolish
- compensar, pagar, prestar, pagamentoPortuguese
- pajear, pajer, pagar, pajar, paerRomansh
- a [[fi]] [[profitabil]], merita, plătiRomanian
- заплатить, платить, уделять, окупиться, окупаться, оплатить, уделить, оплачивать, пла́тныйRussian
- pacare, pagare, pagae, pagaiSardinian
- плаћати, isplatiti, платити, пла́та, pláća, pláta, plaćati, platitiSerbo-Croatian
- ගෙවනවාSinhala, Sinhalese
- zaplatiť, platiťSlovak
- plača, plačati, izplačati seSlovene
- платити, заплатитиUkrainian
- ادا کرنا, قیمت دیناUrdu
- тўламоқ, toʻlamoqUzbek
- trả, thanh toánVietnamese
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