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pay

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1 the money paid regularly to a person for labor or services

  • itʼs difficult to support two children on her pay
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2 something (as money) that is given or received in return for goods or services

  • we should demand pay for all the overtime weʼre putting in
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pay

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1 to give (someone) the sum of money owed for goods or services received

  • we need to pay the cashier and then we can leave
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2 to give what is owed for

  • you ought to pay that bill before itʼs overdue
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3 to hand over or use up in payment

  • rock fans were willing to pay enormous sums to get into the concert
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4 to produce as revenue

  • an investment paying six percent
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5 to provide with a paying job

  • pay someone to mow the lawn for the summer
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assume, employ, engage, fee [chiefly Scottish], hire, lay on [chiefly British], place, recruit, retain, sign (up or on), take on

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Synonym Discussion of pay

pay, compensate, remunerate, satisfy, reimburse, indemnify, repay, recompense mean to give money or its equivalent in return for something. 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


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