/peɪ / (say pay)

verb (paid, paying)
verb (t)
1. to discharge (a debt, obligation, etc.), as by giving or doing something.
2. to give (money, etc.) as in discharge of debt or obligation.
3. to satisfy the claims of (a person, etc.) as by giving money due.
4. to defray (cost or expense).
5. to give compensation for.
6. to yield a recompense or return to; be profitable to: it pays me to be honest.
7. to yield as a return: the stock pays 4 per cent.
8. to requite, as for good, harm, offence, etc.
9. to give or render (attention, regard, court, compliments, etc.) as if due or fitting.
10. to admit the truth of; acknowledge that one has been outwitted, especially in repartee or argument: I'll pay that.
11. to make (a call, visit, etc.).
verb (i)
12. to give money, etc., due: to pay for goods.
13. to discharge debt.
14. to yield a return or profit; be advantageous or worthwhile: his mining patch had just begun to pay.
15. to give compensation, as for damage or loss sustained.
16. to suffer, or be punished, as for something; make amends: *`I'll make you pay for this,' he hissed between his teeth, with a white despairing face. –fergus hume, 1898.
17. payment, as of wages.
18. wages, salary, or stipend.
19. paid employ: in the pay of the enemy.
20. Rare requital; reward or punishment.
21. (of earth, etc.) containing a sufficient quantity of metal or other value to be profitably worked by the miner.
22. having a mechanism for payment when used: a pay telephone.
23. give someone a pay, to castigate or rebuke someone.
24. pay dividends, to result in benefits.
25. pay for,
a. to give money in exchange for.
b. to suffer punishment or negative consequences as a result of: to pay for one's crimes.
26. pay its way, (of an investment) to yield a profit.
27. pay off,
a. to retaliate upon or punish.
b. to discharge (a debt) in full.
c. to discharge from one's employ and pay any wages, etc., due.
d. Colloquial to bribe.
e. to yield a profitable return.
f. Nautical to let fall to leeward.
28. pay one's way,
a. to take responsibility for one's expenses.
b. to meet one's obligations.
29. pay out,
a. to disburse; hand out (money).
b. to retaliate upon for an injury or affront; punish in revenge: *`And I'll see that he behaves,' thinks I to myself, pricked to pay him out for his self-confidence. –miles franklin, 1946.
c. Colloquial to reprimand or criticise (someone): he really paid me out for being late.
d. Colloquial to protest volubly.
30. pay out (or away), Nautical, etc. to let out (a rope, etc.) as by slackening.
31. pay out on, Colloquial to criticise; speak disparagingly about: he really paid out on her after she left him.
32. pay the price, to suffer the consequences: to pay the price for one's actions.
33. pay up,
a. to pay upon demand, especially as when threatened.
b. to pay fully or promptly.
34. put paid to, put an end to; prevent.
{Middle English paie(n), from French payer, from Latin pācāre pacify}
[c]/peɪ / (say pay)

verb (t) (payed, paying)
to coat or cover (seams, a ship's bottom, etc.) with pitch, tar, or the like.
{Old North French peier, from Latin picāre cover with pitch}
/paɪ/ (say puy)

verb (t) Aboriginal English
to give someone money for (something); to buy: they pay cooldrink.
{respelling, through pronunciation of buy}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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