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Definition 1: something that remunerates - [noun denoting possession]

Samples where pay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • wages were paid by check
  • he wasted his pay on drink
  • they saved a quarter of all their earnings

Synonyms for pay in the sense of this definition

(pay is a kind of ...) a payment made at regular times

(... is a kind of pay ) extra pay for soldiers engaged in active combat

(... is a kind of pay ) what is left of your pay after deductions for taxes and dues and insurance etc

(... is a kind of pay ) money paid to strikers from union funds

(... is a kind of pay ) wages paid to an employee who is on sick leave

(... is a kind of pay ) wages enclosed in an envelope for distribution to the wage earner

(... is a kind of pay ) the lowest wage that an employer is allowed to pay; determined by contract or by law

(... is a kind of pay ) extra pay awarded to an employee on the basis of merit (especially to school teachers)

(... is a kind of pay ) a wage sufficient for a worker and family to subsist comfortably

(... is a kind of pay ) reduced wage paid to someone who is not working full time

(... is a kind of pay ) food and lodging provided in addition to money

"they worked for $30 and found"

(... is a kind of pay ) a doubled wage (for working overtime)

(... is part of pay) a list of employees and their salaries

"the company had a long payroll"

Definition 2: dedicate - [verb of cognition]

Samples where pay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • give thought to
  • give priority to
  • pay attention to

Synonyms for pay in the sense of this definition

(pay is a kind of ...) use or exercise the mind or one's power of reason in order to make inferences, decisions, or arrive at a solution or judgments

"I've been thinking all day and getting nowhere"

(pay has a similar meaning as ...) endure the loss of

"He gave his life for his children" "I gave two sons to the war"

Definition 3: bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action - [verb of cognition]

Samples where pay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • You'll pay for this!
  • She had to pay the penalty for speaking out rashly
  • You'll pay for this opinion later

(pay is a kind of ...) put up with something or somebody unpleasant

"I cannot bear his constant criticism" "The new secretary had to endure a lot of unprofessional remarks" "he learned to tolerate the heat" "She stuck out two years in a miserable marriage"

(... is a kind of pay ) suffer the results or consequences of one's behavior or actions

Definition 4: convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow - [verb of communication]

Samples where pay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Don't pay him any mind
  • give the orders
  • Give him my best regards
  • pay attention

Synonyms for pay in the sense of this definition

(pay is a kind of ...) transmit thoughts or feelings

"He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"

(... is a kind of pay ) offer verbally

"extend my greetings" "He offered his sympathy"

Definition 5: give money, usually in exchange for goods or services - [verb of possession]

Samples where pay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I paid four dollars for this sandwich
  • Pay the waitress, please

(pay is a kind of ...) transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

"I gave her my money" "can you give me lessons?" "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"

(... is a kind of pay ) pay out

"spend money"

(... is a kind of pay ) make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence

"This judge can be bought"

(... is a kind of pay ) pay back

"Please refund me my money"

(... is a kind of pay ) pay for something

"pick up the tab" "pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages" "foot the bill"

(... is a kind of pay ) expend, as from a fund

(... is a kind of pay ) pay with a credit card; pay with plastic money; postpone payment by recording a purchase as a debt

"Will you pay cash or charge the purchase?"

(... is a kind of pay ) pay (for something) with cash

(... is a kind of pay ) bear the expenses of

(... is a kind of pay ) pay a kickback; make an illegal payment

(... is a kind of pay ) pay off (loans or promissory notes)

(... is a kind of pay ) send (money) in payment

"remit $25"

(... is a kind of pay ) pay a tenth of one's income, especially to the church

"Although she left the church officially, she still tithes"

(... is a kind of pay ) secure the assistance of by granting a subsidy, as of nations or military forces

(... is a kind of pay ) obtain or provide money for

"Can we finance the addition to our home?"

(... is a kind of pay ) provide

"The city has to put up half the required amount"

(... is a kind of pay ) make payment to; compensate

"My efforts were not remunerated"

(... is a kind of pay ) pay too much

(... is a kind of pay ) pay too little

(... is a kind of pay ) pay for something before receiving it

(... is a kind of pay ) share expenses equally and split the cost of something

"My boyfriend and I always go Dutch"

(... is a kind of pay ) make amends for; pay compensation for

"One can never fully repair the suffering and losses of the Jews in the Third Reich" "She was compensated for the loss of her arm in the accident"

(... is a kind of pay ) give preference to one creditor over another

Definition 6: bring in - [verb of possession]

Samples where pay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • interest-bearing accounts
  • How much does this savings certificate pay annually?

Synonyms for pay in the sense of this definition

(pay is a kind of ...) earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages

"How much do you make a month in your new job?" "She earns a lot in her new job" "this merger brought in lots of money" "He clears $5,000 each month"

(... is a kind of pay ) yield as a net profit

"This sale netted me $1 million"

(... is a kind of pay ) yield a profit or result

"His efforts finally paid off"

(pay belongs to category ...) money that is invested with an expectation of profit

Definition 7: do or give something to somebody in return - [verb of possession]

Samples where pay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Does she pay you for the work you are doing?

Synonyms for pay in the sense of this definition

(pay is a kind of ...) dispose of; make a financial settlement

Definition 8: cancel or discharge a debt - [verb of possession]

Samples where pay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • pay up, please!

Synonyms for pay in the sense of this definition

(pay is a kind of ...) discharge or settle

"pay a debt" "pay an obligation"

(... is a kind of pay ) eliminate by paying off (debts)

Definition 9: make a compensation for - [verb of possession]

Samples where pay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a favor that cannot be paid back

(pay is a kind of ...) make repayment for or return something

(pay has a similar meaning as ...) take vengeance on or get even

"We'll get them!" "That'll fix him good!" "This time I got him"

Definition 10: discharge or settle - [verb of possession]

Samples where pay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • pay a debt
  • pay an obligation

(pay is a kind of ...) dispose of; make a financial settlement

(... is a kind of pay ) cancel or discharge a debt

"pay up, please!"

Samples where pay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • pay a visit
  • pay a call

(pay is a kind of ...) perform or carry out

"make a decision" "make a move" "make advances" "make a phone call"

Definition 12: be worth it - [verb of stative]

Samples where pay or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • It pays to go through the trouble

(pay is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

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