Meaning of PAY in English


I. verb (paid; also in sense 7 ~ed; ~ing) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French paier, from Latin pacare to pacify, from pac-, pax peace Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to make due return to for services rendered or property delivered, to engage for money ; hire , 2. to give in return for goods or service , to discharge indebtedness for ; settle , to make a disposal or transfer of (money), to give or forfeit in expiation or retribution , 4. to make compensation for, to requite according to what is deserved , to give, offer, or make freely or as fitting , 6. to return value or profit to , to bring in as a return , to slacken (as a rope) and allow to run out, intransitive verb to discharge a debt or obligation, to be worth the expense or effort , to suffer the consequences of an act, Synonyms: see: ~ II. noun Date: 14th century something paid for a purpose and especially as a salary or wage ; remuneration , 2. the act or fact of ~ing or being paid, the status of being paid by an employer ; employ , a person viewed with respect to reliability or promptness in ~ing debts or bills, 4. ore or a natural deposit that yields metal and especially gold in profitable amounts, an oil-yielding stratum or zone, see: wage III. adjective Date: 1856 containing or leading to something precious or valuable, equipped with a coin slot for receiving a fee for use , requiring ~ment, IV. transitive verb (~ed; also paid; ~ing) see: pitch Date: 1627 to coat with a waterproof composition

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