Meaning of PAY in English

PAY

/ peɪ; NAmE / verb , noun

■ verb ( paid , paid / peɪd; NAmE /)

1.

pay (sb) (for sth) to give sb money for work, goods, services, etc. :

[ v ]

I'll pay for the tickets.

Are you paying in cash or by credit card ?

Her parents paid for her to go to Canada.

My company pays well (= pays high salaries) .

[ vn ]

to pay cash

Would you mind paying the taxi driver?

She pays £200 a week for this apartment.

[ vnn ]

He still hasn't paid me the money he owes me.

I'm paid $100 a day.

[ vn to inf ]

I don't pay you to sit around all day doing nothing!

—see also low-paid , well paid , pre-pay

2.

pay sth (to sb) | pay (sb) sth to give sb money that you owe them :

[ vn ]

Membership fees should be paid to the secretary.

to pay a bill / debt / fine / ransom, etc.

[ vnn ]

Have you paid him the rent yet?

3.

[ v ] ( of a business, etc. ) to produce a profit :

It's hard to make farming pay.

4.

to result in some advantage or profit for sb :

[ v ]

Crime doesn't pay.

[ v to inf ]

It pays to keep up to date with your work.

[ vn to inf ]

It would probably pay you to hire an accountant.

5.

[ v ] pay (for sth) to suffer or be punished for your beliefs or actions :

You'll pay for that remark!

Many people paid with their lives (= they died) .

6.

used with some nouns to show that you are giving or doing the thing mentioned [ vn , vnn ]

I'll pay a call on (= visit) my friends.

I'll pay you a call when I'm in town.

[ vn ]

I didn't pay attention to what she was saying.

The director paid tribute to all she had done for the charity.

[ vnn ]

He's always paying me compliments .

IDIOMS

- the devil / hell to pay

- he who pays the piper calls the tune

- pay court to sb

- pay dividends

- pay for itself

- pay good money for sth

- pay its way

- pay the penalty (for sth / for doing sth) | pay a / the price (for sth / for doing sth)

- pay your respects (to sb)

- pay through the nose (for sth)

- pay your way

- you pays your money and you takes your choice

—more at arm noun , heed noun , rob

PHRASAL VERBS

- pay sb back (sth) | pay sth back (to sb)

- pay sb back (for sth)

- pay sth in | pay sth into sth

- pay off

- pay sb off

- pay sth off

- pay sth out

- pay up

■ noun

[ U ] the money that sb gets for doing regular work :

Her job is hard work, but the pay is good.

a pay increase

( BrE )

a pay rise

( NAmE )

a pay raise

a 3% pay offer

holiday pay

to make a pay claim (= to officially ask for an increase in pay)

—see also sick pay ➡ note at income

IDIOMS

- in the pay of sb/sth

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SYNONYMS

pay

foot the bill ♦ pick up the bill / tab

These words all mean to give sb money for work they have done or goods they have supplied.

pay

to give sb money for work, goods, services, etc.:

I'll pay for the tickets.

Her parents paid for her to go to Canada.

She pays £200 a week for this apartment.

I'm paid $100 a day.

foot the bill

( rather informal ) to pay the cost of sth:

Once again it will be the taxpayer who has to foot the bill.

pick up the bill / tab

( rather informal ) to pay the cost of sth:

The company will pick up the tab for your hotel room.

PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS :

to pay / foot the bill / pick up the bill / tab for sth

to have to pay / foot the bill / pick up the bill / tab

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English (in the sense pacify ): from Old French paie (noun), payer (verb), from Latin pacare appease, from pax , pac- peace. The notion of payment arose from the sense of pacifying a creditor.

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