Pay

Definition of Pay

Pronunciation: pād
v. t.1.(Naut.) To cover, as bottom of a vessel, a seam, a spar, etc., with tar or pitch, or waterproof composition of tallow, resin, etc.; to smear.
1.To satisfy, or content; specifically, to satisfy (another person) for service rendered, property delivered, etc.; to discharge one's obligation to; to make due return to; to compensate; to remunerate; to recompense; to requite; as, to pay workmen or servants.
[imp. & p. p. Paid (pād); p. pr. & vb. n. Paying.]
May no penny ale them pay [i. e., satisfy].
- P. Plowman.
[She] pays me with disdain.
- Dryden.
2.Hence, figuratively: To compensate justly; to requite according to merit; to reward; to punish; to retort or retaliate upon.
For which, or pay me quickly, or I'll pay you.
- B. Jonson.
3.To discharge, as a debt, demand, or obligation, by giving or doing what is due or required; to deliver the amount or value of to the person to whom it is owing; to discharge a debt by delivering (money owed).
Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
- Matt. xviii. 26.
If they pay this tax, they starve.
- Tennyson.
4.To discharge or fulfill, as a duy; to perform or render duty, as that which has been promised.
This day have I paid my vows.
- Prov. vii. 14.
5.To give or offer, without an implied obligation; as, to pay attention; to pay a visit.
Not paying me a welcome.
- Shak.
To pay off
a - To make compensation to and discharge; as, to pay off the crew of a ship
b - To allow (a thread, cord, etc.) to run off; to unwind.
c - to bribe.
To pay one's duty
to render homage, as to a sovereign or other superior.
To pay out
(Naut.) to pass out; hence, to slacken; to allow to run out; as, to pay out more cable. See under Cable.
To pay the piper
to bear the cost, expense, or trouble.
v. i.1.To give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt.
The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again.
- Ps. xxxvii. 21.
2.Hence, to make or secure suitable return for expense or trouble; to be remunerative or profitable; to be worth the effort or pains required; as, it will pay to ride; it will pay to wait; politeness always pays.
To pay for
a - To make amends for; to atone for; as, men often pay for their mistakes with loss of property or reputation, sometimes with life
b - To give an equivalent for; to bear the expense of; to be mulcted on account of.
'T was I paid for your sleeps; I watched your wakings.
- Beau. & Fl.
n.1.Satisfaction; content.
2.An equivalent or return for money due, goods purchased, or services performed; salary or wages for work or service; compensation; recompense; payment; hire; as, the pay of a clerk; the pay of a soldier.
Where only merit constant pay receives.
- Pope.
There is neither pay nor plunder to be got.
- L'Estrange.
Full pay
the whole amount of wages or salary; maximum pay; especially, the highest pay or allowance to civil or military officers of a certain rank, without deductions.
Half pay
See under Half.
Pay day
the day of settlement of accounts.
Pay dirt
(Mining) earth which yields a profit to the miner.
Pay office
a place where payment is made.
Pay roll
a - a roll or list of persons entitled to payment, with the amounts due; now usually one word, payroll.

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