noun satisfaction; content.
2. pay ·vt to give or offer, without an implied obligation; as, to pay attention; to pay a visit.
3. pay ·vi to give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt.
4. pay ·vt to discharge or fulfill, as a duy; to perform or render duty, as that which has been promised.
5. pay ·vt 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.
6. pay ·vt hence, figuratively: to compensate justly; to requite according to merit; to reward; to punish; to retort or retaliate upon.
7. pay ·noun 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.
8. pay ·vt 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).
9. pay ·vi 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.
10. pay ·vt 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.