I. verb (paid; also in sense 7 payed; paying) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French paier, from Latin pacare to pacify, from pac-, pax peace Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. to make due return to for services rendered or property delivered b. to engage for money ; hire <
you couldn't pay me to do that
2. a. to give in return for goods or service <
pay wages
b. to discharge indebtedness for ; settle <
pay a bill
c. to make a disposal or transfer of (money) 3. to give or forfeit in expiation or retribution <
pay the penalty
4. a. to make compensation for b. to requite according to what is deserved <
pay them back
5. to give, offer, or make freely or as fitting <
pay attention
pay your respects
6. a. to return value or profit to <
it pays you to stay open
b. to bring in as a return <
an investment paying five percent
7. to slacken (as a rope) and allow to run out — used with out intransitive verb 1. to discharge a debt or obligation 2. to be worth the expense or effort <
crime doesn't pay
3. to suffer the consequences of an act Synonyms: 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 on time
. compensate implies a making up for services rendered or help given <
an attorney well compensated for her services
. remunerate more 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 demanded or required by law <
all creditors will be satisfied in full
. reimburse implies a return of money that has been expended 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 <
hotel guests were recompensed for their inconvenience
. II. noun Date: 14th century 1. something paid for a purpose and especially as a salary or wage ; remuneration 2. a. the act or fact of paying or being paid b. the status of being paid by an employer ; employ 3. a person viewed with respect to reliability or promptness in paying debts or bills 4. a. ore or a natural deposit that yields metal and especially gold in profitable amounts b. an oil-yielding stratum or zone Synonyms: see wage III. adjective Date: 1856 1. containing or leading to something precious or valuable 2. equipped with a coin slot for receiving a fee for use <
a pay telephone
3. requiring payment IV. transitive verb (payed; also paid; paying) Etymology: obsolete French peier, from Latin picare, from pic-, pix pitch — more at pitch Date: 1627 to coat with a waterproof composition

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