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[n] something that remunerates; "wages were paid by check"; "he wasted his pay on drink"; "they saved a quarter of all their earnings"
[v] as in the expressions"give thought to"; "give priority to"
[v] 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"
[v] 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"
[v] give money, usually in exchange for goods or services; "I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress, please"
[v] cancel or discharge a debt; "pay up, please!"
[v] discharge or settle; "pay a debt"; "pay an obligation"
[v] do or give something to somebody in return; "Does she pay you for the work you are doing?"
[v] bring in; as of investments; "interest-bearing accounts"; "How much does this savings certificate pay annually?"
[v] make a compensation for; "a favor that cannot be paid back"
[v] render; "pay a visit"; "pay a call"
[v] be worth it; "It pays to go through the trouble"


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Misc. Definitions

\Pay\, v. t. [OF. peier, fr. L. picare to pitch, i? 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.
\Pay\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Paid}; 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. May no penny ale them pay [i. e., satisfy]. --P. Plowman. [She] pays me with disdain. --Dryden.
2. Hence, figuratively: To compensate justly; to requite according to merit; to reward; to punish; to retort or retaliate upon. For which, or pay me quickly, or I'll pay you. --B. Jonson.
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. 2
8. Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. --Matt. xviii. 2
6. If they pay this tax, they starve. --Tennyson.
4. To discharge or fulfill, as a duy; to perform or render duty, as that which has been promised. This day have I paid my vows. --Prov. vii. 1
5. To give or offer, without an implied obligation; as, to pay attention; to pay a visit. Not paying me a welcome. --Shak. {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. {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.]
\Pay\ (p[=a]), v. i. To give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt. The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again. --Ps. xxxvii. 2
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. {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. 'T was I paid for your sleeps; I watched your wakings. --Beau. & Fl. {To pay off}. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Naut.) To fall to leeward, as the head of a vessel under sail. {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.
\Pay\, n.
1. Satisfaction; content. --Chaucer.
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. Where only merit constant pay receives. --Pope. There is neither pay nor plunder to be got. --L'Estrange. {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 roll or list of persons entitled to payment, with the amounts due.

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