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 emolument, hire, packet [British], wage, paycheck, pay envelope, payment, salary, stipendRelated Words 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 compensation, consideration, payment, recompense, remittance, remuneration, requitalRelated Words salary, stipend, wage(s); disbursement, expenditure, outlay; rebate, refund; indemnity, recoupment, redress, reparation, restitution; adjustment, settlement; deposit; reimbursement, repayment; prepayment; overpayment; rent, rental



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 compensate, recompense, remunerate Related Words refund, reimburse, repay, requite; remit; pay off, pay up, prepay Near Antonyms stiff

  2. 2 to give what is owed for <you ought to pay that bill before it's overdue> Synonyms ante up, balance, clear, discharge, foot, liquidate, meet, pay off, pay up, pony up, quit, recompense, settle, spring (for), stand Antonyms 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 disburse, drop, expend, fork (over, out, or up), give, lay out, outlay, spend, shell outRelated Words lavish, rain; blow, dissipate, fritter (away), run through, squander, throw away, wasteNear Antonyms 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 bear, give, yield, returnRelated Words 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 assume, engage, fee [chiefly Scottish], hire, lay on [chiefly British], employ, place, recruit, retain, sign (up or on), take onRelated Words reemploy, reengage, rehire; apprentice, contract, job, partner, subcontract; enlist; advance, promote, upgrade; keep (on); headhunt, scoutNear Antonyms furlough, lay off, lock outAntonyms ax (or axe), can, discharge, dismiss, fire, sack

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