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pay

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of pay

  1. 1 the money paid regularly to a person for labor or services it's difficult to support two children on her pay Synonyms of pay emolument, hire, packet [British], wage, paycheck, pay envelope, payment, salary, stipendWords Related to pay living wage, minimum wage, nominal wages, take-home pay; double time, overtime, time and a half; compensation, recompense, remittance, remuneration, requital, return; recoupment, redress, reparation, restitution; reimbursement, repayment; earnings, profit, takings, yield

  2. 2 something (as money) that is given or received in return for goods or services we should demand pay for all the overtime we're putting in Synonyms of pay compensation, consideration, payment, recompense, remittance, remuneration, requitalWords Related to pay salary, stipend, wage(s); disbursement, expenditure, outlay; rebate, refund; indemnity, recoupment, redress, reparation, restitution; adjustment, settlement; deposit; reimbursement, repayment; prepayment; overpayment; rent, rental


pay

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of pay

  1. 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 Synonyms of pay compensate, recompense, remunerate Words Related to pay refund, reimburse, repay, requite; remit; pay off, pay up, prepay Near Antonyms of pay stiff

  2. 2 to give what is owed for you ought to pay that bill before it's overdue Synonyms of pay ante up, balance, clear, discharge, foot, liquidate, meet, pay off, pay up, pony up, quit, recompense, settle, spring (for), stand Antonyms of pay repudiate

  3. 3 to hand over or use up in payment rock fans were willing to pay enormous sums to get into the concert Synonyms of pay disburse, drop, expend, fork (over, out, or up), give, lay out, outlay, spend, shell outWords Related to pay lavish, rain; blow, dissipate, fritter (away), run through, squander, throw away, wasteNear Antonyms of pay cache, hoard, lay up, save; acquire, earn, gain, garner, make, procure, realize, secure, win

  4. 4 to produce as revenue an investment paying six percent Synonyms of pay bear, give, yield, returnWords Related to pay bring in, net; afford, furnish, provide, supply; pay off

  5. 5 to provide with a paying job pay someone to mow the lawn for the summer Synonyms of pay assume, engage, fee [chiefly Scottish], hire, lay on [chiefly British], employ, place, recruit, retain, sign (up or on), take onWords Related to pay reemploy, reengage, rehire; apprentice, contract, job, partner, subcontract; enlist; advance, promote, upgrade; keep (on); headhunt, scoutNear Antonyms of pay furlough, lay off, lock outAntonyms of pay ax (or axe), can, discharge, dismiss, fire, sack

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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