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
Under such reseller deals, Verizon typically pays a per-subscriber wholesale rate to its service provider partners.—Todd Spangler, Variety, 4 Dec. 2023 All told, prosecutors say tens of thousands of dollars changed hands in this gruesome years-long scheme: One indictment states that Pauley sent Taylor more than $40,000; Lampi paid Pauley more than $8,000; and Pauley paid Lampi more than $100,000.—Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 4 Dec. 2023 People pay to be closer to the source of inspiration.—Tad Friend, The New Yorker, 4 Dec. 2023 The businesswoman, 42, paid tribute to the singer with a post shared on Instagram Saturday marking the special occasion.—Nicholas Rice, Peoplemag, 3 Dec. 2023 Preti paid around that cost for her son's care and one-and-a-half times the rate if the nanny worked more than 40 hours.—Madison Medeiros, Parents, 3 Dec. 2023 These days most of us use credit cards to pay for everything from coffee to plane tickets to purchases on Amazon.—Ana Staples, wsj.com, 2 Dec. 2023 But the outlook is worse for transportation projects scheduled to begin in several years, partly because of rising construction costs and declining revenue streams dedicated to paying for them.—Erin Cox, Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2023 Few government agencies touch the lives of more Americans than the Social Security Administration — the agency pays $1.4 trillion in benefits to more than 71 million people every year.—Mark Miller, New York Times, 2 Dec. 2023
When the pilots’ union negotiated a contract with the company in 2018, pilots’ pay, benefits, and schedules were competitive with similar airlines, says Josh Hoy, a captain who started at the airline seven years ago.—Caitlin Harrington, WIRED, 5 Dec. 2023 After Charter Communications and Disney created a new industry template for traditional pay TV with their new Spectrum carriage deal, expect more streaming content to be included in the traditional cable bundle and less popular linear TV channels to be dropped.—Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Dec. 2023 The union wants to increase the salary floor for full-time lecturers, many of whom start at the bottom of the pay scale.—Debbie Truong, Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2023 With the strides made up until this point, the reality is that the COVID-19 pandemic further exacerbated the gender pay gap.—Allison Robinson, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Two current Loyal Source employees interviewed by The Post have also cited low pay and a lack of bonuses for remote postings as the main source of the company’s staffing shortages.—Nick Miroff, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2023 Both guilds obtained job protections against AI abuse, including consent and protection against diminishment of pay.—Gene Maddaus, Variety, 29 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
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