pay implies the discharge of an obligation incurred.
paid their bills
compensate implies a making up for services rendered.
an attorney well compensated for her services
remunerate 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 required by law.
all creditors will be satisfied in full
reimburse implies a return of money that has been spent 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.
passengers were recompensed for the delay
Examples of pay in a Sentence
He has been suspended without pay pending the results of the investigation.
Each pay period begins on the first of the month.
Workers received a $4,000 pay increase.
I took a significant pay cut when I took this job, but I think it was worth it.
Recent Examples on the Web
Our producers are planning to do paid premiers on Nov. 30 in U.S.A., which is not usual in the Hindi film industry.—Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 22 Nov. 2023 The feature was previously restricted only to users who paid for OpenAI’s $20-a-month subscription service, ChatGPT Plus.—Reece Rogers, WIRED, 22 Nov. 2023 That was equal to about $46 million in royalties in 2022, out of $9.27 billion paid out in total.—Lars Brandle, Billboard, 21 Nov. 2023 Similarly, nothing in the code requires Alito to recuse himself from cases involving Paul Singer, who, in 2008, paid for Alito’s private jet to Alaska.—Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2023 Binance itself also pleaded guilty and agreed to pay $4.3 billion in fines and restitution to the government, according to federal authorities.—Glenn Thrush, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2023 During his questioning of Sweeney, Google lawyer Kravis laid out the 30% commissions that Epic pays to Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo for transactions on the PlayStation, Xbox and Switch consoles without complaint while still raking in billions of dollars in profit from those platforms.—Michael Liedtke, Fortune, 21 Nov. 2023 Even with a global slowdown in deal making, the firm plans to continue allocating some of the £595 million ($743 million) that Deutsche Bank AG’s DWS Infrastructure paid last year to acquire Stagecoach in an all-cash transaction.—Ben Stupples, Fortune Europe, 21 Nov. 2023 As part of the new proposal, streaming services will pay bonuses to shows that reach a certain level of success, bonuses that the union estimates will be about $40 million per year.—Riley Hoffman, ABC News, 10 Nov. 2023
Nissan said its 9,000 U.S. workers would get raises of about 10% and would end a two-tiered pay system.—Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 Before the deal, union leaders crafted a strike pay plan and picket lines across the Strip.—Sahil Kapur, NBC News, 22 Nov. 2023 Elo-Rivera suggested last January that San Diego lobby the state to lift a 50-year-old ban on pay toilets so the city could generate revenue to pay for more downtown public restrooms.—David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2023 The article, published by progressive U.K. outlet The New Statesman, argues that CEOs’ steep pay is an unsustainable cost and even unfair when considering the day-to-day slack their executive assistants pick up—a role that could itself be automated.—Trey Williams, Fortune, 21 Nov. 2023 Despite withdrawing her initial threat, Ms. Ventura has now resorted to filing a lawsuit riddled with baseless and outrageous lies, aiming to tarnish Mr. Combs' reputation, and seeking a pay day.—Jack Irvin, Peoplemag, 18 Nov. 2023 The companies agreed to dramatically raise pay for top-scale assembly plant workers, with increases and cost-of-living adjustments that would translate into 33% wage gains.—CBS News, 18 Nov. 2023 After two years at Hayward, Fitzgerald finally earned his pay and received more responsibilities.—Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 15 Nov. 2023 As Hollywood on Thursday began rushing back to production and stars again hit red carpets, many were surely still nursing wounds from a bitter feud with the studios, even after a deal that won actors a hefty boost to minimum pay and protections over the use of artificial intelligence.—Jake Coyle, Fortune, 10 Nov. 2023
According to the American Diabetes Association, 22 states and Washington D.C. have imposed insulin co-pay caps ranging from $25 to $100 for 30-day supplies, which some would like to expand nationwide.—Benjamin Ryan, New York Times, 18 Jan. 2023 In August, the HIV+Hepatitis Policy Institute, the Diabetes Leadership Council, and the Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition filed a lawsuit challenging the federal rule that allows co-pay accumulators.—Katie Wedell, USA TODAY, 1 Nov. 2022 The hope is that CNN+ will serve as a gateway to a post-pay TV world, connecting the brand’s familiar red and white letters to a generation of viewers who are growing up without cable.—Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2022 The drug is so expensive at the wholesale level that private insurers place it in the highest co-pay categories; some won’t allow doctors to prescribe it without their prior approval, further narrowing patients’ access.—Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2022 More than 775 people have already signed up for the company's pre-pay membership, Precompose.—Eileen Finan, PEOPLE.com, 17 June 2021 Or an expansion of co-pay coupons to Medicare, where they’re now banned?—Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 16 Oct. 2020 See More
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Verb (1), Noun, and Adjective
Middle English, from Anglo-French paier, from Latin pacare to pacify, from pac-, pax peace
obsolete French peier, from Latin picare, from pic-, pix pitch — more at pitch