pay1 W1S1 [peı] v past tense and past participle paid [peıd]
1¦(give money)¦
4 pay attention (to somebody/something)
5¦(legal cost)¦
6¦(say something good)¦
7¦(good result)¦
9 pay the penalty/price
10 pay a call/visit
11 put paid to something
12¦(be punished)¦
13 pay your way
14 pay for itself
15 the devil/hell to pay
16 pay through the nose (for something)
17 somebody has paid their debt to society
18 'pay court (to somebody)
19 he who pays the piper calls the tune
Phrasal verbs
 pay somebody/something<=>back
 pay something<=>in
 pay off
 pay out
 pay something<=>over
 pay up
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: paier, from Latin pacere 'to make calm or peaceful', from pax; PEACE]
1.) ¦(GIVE MONEY)¦ [I and T]
to give someone money for something you buy or for a service
How would you like to pay?
pay for
Mum paid for my driving lessons.
pay (in) cash
You'd get a discount for paying cash.
pay by cheque/credit card
Can I pay by credit card?
pay sb for sth
He didn't even offer to pay me for the ticket.
pay sb to do sth
Ray paid some kids to wash the car.
pay sb sth
I paid him $5 to cut the grass.
pay (sb) in dollars/euros etc
He wanted to be paid in dollars.
2.) ¦(BILL/TAX/RENT)¦ [T]
to pay money that you owe to a person, company etc
I forgot to pay the gas bill !
You pay tax at the basic rate.
Is it okay if I pay you what I owe you next week?
3.) ¦(WAGE/SALARY)¦ [I and T]
to give someone money for the job they do
How much do they pay you?
pay sb $100 a day/£200 a week etc
They're only paid about £4 an hour.
Some lawyers get paid over $400 an hour.
be paid weekly/monthly also get paid weekly/monthly
We get paid weekly on Fridays.
well/badly/poorly paid
Many of the workers are very badly paid.
4.) pay attention (to sb/sth)
to watch, listen to, or think about someone or something carefully
I'm sorry, I wasn't paying attention to what you were saying.
They paid no attention to (=ignored) him.
5.) ¦(LEGAL COST)¦ [T]
to give money to someone because you are ordered to by a court as part of a legal case
She had to pay a £35 fine for speeding.
pay (sth in) compensation/damages
(=give someone money because you have done something against them)
The company were forced to pay £5000 in compensation .
Martins was ordered to pay court costs of £1500.
to say something good or polite about or to someone
The minister paid tribute to the work of the emergency services.
I came by to pay my respects (=visit or send a polite greeting to someone) to Mrs Owens.
I was just trying to pay her a compliment .
if a particular action pays, it brings a good result or advantage for you
Crime doesn't pay.
It pays to get some professional advice before you make a decision.
It would pay you to ask if there are any jobs going at the London office.
Getting some qualifications now will pay dividends (=bring a lot of advantages) in the long term.
8.) ¦(PROFIT)¦ [I]
if a shop or business pays, it makes a profit
If the pub doesn't start to pay, we'll have to sell it.
The farm just manages to pay its way (=make as much profit as it costs to run) .
9.) pay the penalty/price
to experience something unpleasant because you have done something wrong, made a mistake etc
pay the penalty/price for (doing) sth
Williams is now paying the price for his early mistakes.
10.) pay a call/visit
pay sb a call/visit
to visit a person or place
I decided to pay my folks a visit.
pay a call/visit to
If you have time, pay a visit to the City Art Gallery.
11.) put paid to sth
[i]BrE to stop something from happening or spoil plans for something
Bad exam results put paid to his hopes of a university place.
12.) ¦(BE PUNISHED)¦
to suffer or be punished for something you have done wrong
I'll make him pay !
pay for
They paid dearly for their mistakes.
13.) pay your way
to pay for everything that you want without having to depend on anyone else for money
Sofia worked to pay her way through college.
14.) pay for itself
if something you buy pays for itself, the money it saves over a period of time is as much as the product cost to buy
A new boiler would pay for itself within two years.
15.) the devil/hell to pay
used to say that someone will be in a lot of trouble about something
If the boss finds out you were late again, there's going to be hell to pay.
16.) pay through the nose (for sth)
[i]spoken to pay much more for something than it is really worth
17.) sb has paid their debt to society
used to say that someone who has done something illegal has been fully punished for it
18.) 'pay court (to sb)
old-fashioned to treat someone, especially a woman, carefully and with respect, so that they will like you or help you
19.) he who pays the piper calls the tune
old-fashioned used to say that the person who gives the money for something can decide how it will be used
pay lip service to atlip service
pay your dues atdue2 (2)
pay back [pay sb/sth<=>back] phr v
1.) to give someone the money that you owe them
= ↑repay
I'll pay you back on Friday.
We're paying back the loan over 15 years.
2.) to make someone suffer for doing something wrong or unpleasant
pay sb back for sth
I'll pay Jenny back for what she did to me!
pay in [pay sth<=>in] phr v
to put money in your bank account etc
Did you remember to pay that cheque in?
I've paid $250 into my account.
pay off phr v
1.) pay sth<=>off
to give someone all the money you owe them
I'll pay off all my debts first.
He finally paid his overdraft off.
2.) if something you do pays off, it is successful or has a good result
Teamwork paid off.
3.) pay sb<=>off
BrE to pay someone their wages and tell them they no longer have a job
Two hundred workers have been paid off.
4.) pay sb<=>off
to pay someone not to say anything about something illegal or dishonest
pay out phr v
1.) pay out (sth)
to pay a lot of money for something
Why is it always me who has to pay out?
pay out (something) for
Altogether he had paid out almost £5000 for the improvements.
2.) pay out (sth)
if a company or organization pays out, it gives someone money as a result of an insurance claim, ↑investment, competition etc
Insurance companies were slow paying out on claims for flood damage.
3.) pay sth<=>out
to let a piece of rope unwind
pay over [pay sth<=>over] phr v
to make an official payment of money
pay something<=>over to
Clancy's share of the inheritance was paid over to him.
pay up phr v
to pay money that you owe, especially when you do not want to or you are late
She refused to pay up.
The verb pay is followed directly by a noun when you are talking about paying a person : I'll pay you tomorrow. | I haven't paid my accountant yet.
Pay is also followed directly by a noun when you are talking about the amount of money you pay : I've already paid £700.
!! Do not use pay followed directly by a noun referring to the thing you are buying. Use pay (an amount of money) for something : When I paid for my tickets (NOT paid my tickets) the man told me there was no discount. |I paid £100 for this jacket.
When you are talking about whether you pay for something using a cheque, a credit card etc, use pay by : If you pay by credit card, you get free insurance.
When you are talking about the type of money you use to pay something, use pay in : You can only pay in euros.
pay 2
pay2 W2S1 n [U]
1.) money that you are given for doing your job
Nurses often work long hours for low pay .
The idea of equal pay for women is a recent phenomenon.
Miners have traditionally enjoyed high rates of pay .
a minimum rate of pay
Unions are pushing for better pay and conditions .
Teachers were awarded a 6% pay rise .
They were asked to accept a 4% pay cut .
He was suspended on full pay until the hearing.
2.) in the pay of sb
written someone who is in someone else's pay is working for them, often secretly
an informer in the pay of the police
COLLOCATES for sense 1
low pay
equal pay
rate of pay
pay and conditions
basic pay British English
base pay American English (=not includingovertime pay orbonuses )
overtime pay (=for extra hours that you work)
take-home pay (=after tax etc has been taken away)
holiday pay British English
vacation pay American English (=when you are on holiday)
sick pay (=when you are ill)
maternity pay (=when a woman is having a baby)
pay increase pay rise BrE
pay raise AmE
pay cut
on full pay (=being paid a whole salary)
WORD CHOICE:pay, salary, wages, wage, income, fee
Pay is the money that you earn by working : The pay is much better in the private sector. | people on low pay | pay negotiations
Someone's salary is the money they are paid every month by their employer, especially someone in a profession, such as a teacher or a lawyer : Some managers earn annual salaries of over £80,000.
Use wages to refer to the money that someone is paid every week by their employer, especially someone who works in a factory or a shop : Some companies pay higher wages than others.
!! Do not use wages before a noun. Use wage : wage earners
Someone's income is all the money that they receive regularly, for work or for any other reason : families on low incomes |Rent from the old farm was their only source of income.
Use fee to refer to the money paid to a lawyer, doctor, or similar qualified worker for a piece of work they have done : Your accountant's fees are too high. | legal fees

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