[peɪ] (present participle paying; past tense and past participle paid [peɪd] ) verb I
1) [I/T] to give money in order to buy something
Let me pay for dinner.[/ex]
Will you be paying by cash, cheque, or credit card?[/ex]
Can I pay in dollars?[/ex]
There's a reduction if you pay cash.[/ex]
Can I pay you for this?[/ex]
2) [I/T] to give money to someone for a job that they do for you or as their salary
We still haven't paid them for the repairs to the roof.[/ex]
We had to pay them over £100 to sort it out.[/ex]
Some of the workers haven't been paid for weeks.[/ex]
Now I'll have to pay to get the car fixed.[/ex]
3) [I/T] to give money that you owe for something
Did you pay the gas bill?[/ex]
4) [I/T] to have a good result
The message is simple: crime doesn't pay.[/ex]
It pays to cover the pool to keep out falling leaves.[/ex]
5) [I] to suffer because of something that you have done
They had made him look like a fool and now they were going to pay for it.[/ex]
pay attention (to) — to listen to, watch, or think about someone or something very carefully[/ex]
pay sb a compliment — to say something nice about someone[/ex]
pay the penalty/price for sth — to have to deal with the bad effects of something that you have done[/ex]
pay tribute to sb — to say or do something that shows that you respect and admire someone a lot[/ex]
pay sb/sth a visit — to visit someone or something[/ex]
pay your way — to pay for everything that you need or use, instead of allowing or expecting other people to pay for you[/ex]
- pay sb back
- pay sth in
- pay off
- pay sth off
- pay sth out
- pay up
noun [U]
pay */*/[peɪ]
money that you receive for doing your job
They were demanding higher pay.[/ex]
holiday pay[/ex]
a pay rise[/ex]

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