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Definition of PAY

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Pay \Pay\ (p[=a]), v. i.
     To give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt. [1913 Webster]

           The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again. --Ps. xxxvii. 21. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [1913 Webster]

                  'T was I paid for your sleeps; I watched your wakings.                          --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

     {To pay off}. [Etymol. uncertain.]
        (a) (Naut.) To fall to leeward, as the head of a vessel under sail. (b) to repay (a debt).

     {To pay on}. [Etymol. uncertain.] To beat with vigor; to redouble blows. [Colloq.]

     {To pay round} [Etymol. uncertain.] (Naut.) To turn the ship's head. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Pay \Pay\ (p[=a]), v. t. [OF. peier, fr. L. picare to pitch, pix pitch: cf. OF. peiz pitch, F. poix. See {Pitch} a black substance.] (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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Pay \Pay\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Paid} (p[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Paying}.] [OE. paien, F. payer, fr. L. pacare to pacify, appease, fr. pax, pacis, peace. See {Peace}.]
     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. [1913 Webster]

              May no penny ale them pay [i. e., satisfy]. --P. Plowman. [1913 Webster]

              [She] pays me with disdain.           --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     2. Hence, figuratively: To compensate justly; to requite according to merit; to reward; to punish; to retort or retaliate upon. [1913 Webster]

              For which, or pay me quickly, or I'll pay you. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

     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). "Pay me that thou owest."
        --Matt. xviii. 28.
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              Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
                                                    --Matt. xviii.
                                                    26. [1913 Webster]

              If they pay this tax, they starve.    --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

     4. To discharge or fulfill, as a duy; to perform or render duty, as that which has been promised. [1913 Webster]

              This day have I paid my vows.         --Prov. vii.
                                                    14. [1913 Webster]

     5. To give or offer, without an implied obligation; as, to pay attention; to pay a visit. [1913 Webster]

              Not paying me a welcome.              --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Pay \Pay\, n.
     1. Satisfaction; content. --Chaucer.
        [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

              Where only merit constant pay receives. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

              There is neither pay nor plunder to be got.
                                                    --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

     {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. [Western U.S.]

     {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}. (b) the total sum of money which is paid to all employees on payday. [1913 Webster +PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

207 Moby Thesaurus words for "pay":
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