Meaning of PAY in English

I. ˈpā verb

( paid ˈpād ; also in sense 7 payed ; pay·ing )

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French paier, from Latin pacare to pacify, from pac-, pax peace

Date: 13th century

transitive verb


a. : to make due return to for services rendered or property delivered

b. : to engage for money : hire

you couldn't pay me to do that


a. : to give in return for goods or service

pay wages

b. : to discharge indebtedness for : settle

pay a bill

c. : to make a disposal or transfer of (money)

3. : to give or forfeit in expiation or retribution

pay the penalty


a. : to make compensation for

b. : to requite according to what is deserved

pay them back

5. : to give, offer, or make freely or as fitting

pay attention

pay your respects


a. : to return value or profit to

it pay s you to stay open

b. : to bring in as a return

an investment pay ing five percent

7. : to slacken (as a rope) and allow to run out — used with out

intransitive verb

1. : to discharge a debt or obligation

2. : to be worth the expense or effort

crime doesn't pay

3. : to suffer the consequences of an act

- pay one's dues

- pay one's way

- pay the piper

- pay through the nose


pay , compensate , remunerate , satisfy , reimburse , indemnify , repay , recompense mean to give money or its equivalent in return for something. pay implies the discharge of an obligation incurred

paid their bills on time

compensate implies a making up for services rendered or help given

an attorney well compensated for her services

remunerate more clearly suggests paying for services rendered and may extend to payment that is generous or not contracted for

promised to remunerate the searchers handsomely

satisfy implies paying a person what is demanded or required by law

all creditors will be satisfied in full

reimburse implies a return of money that has been expended for another's benefit

reimbursed employees for expenses

indemnify implies making good a loss suffered through accident, disaster, warfare

indemnified the families of the dead miners

repay stresses paying back an equivalent in kind or amount

repay a favor with a favor

recompense suggests due return in amends, friendly repayment, or reward

hotel guests were recompensed for their inconvenience

II. noun

Date: 14th century

1. : something paid for a purpose and especially as a salary or wage : remuneration


a. : the act or fact of paying or being paid

b. : the status of being paid by an employer : employ

3. : a person viewed with respect to reliability or promptness in paying debts or bills


a. : ore or a natural deposit that yields metal and especially gold in profitable amounts

b. : an oil-yielding stratum or zone

Synonyms: see wage

III. adjective

Date: 1856

1. : containing or leading to something precious or valuable

2. : equipped with a coin slot for receiving a fee for use

a pay telephone

3. : requiring payment

IV. transitive verb

( payed also paid ; pay·ing )

Etymology: obsolete French peier, from Latin picare, from pic-, pix pitch — more at pitch

Date: 1627

: to coat with a waterproof composition

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.