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English noun: pay

1. pay (possession) something that remunerates


SamplesWages were paid by check.
He wasted his pay on drink.
They saved a quarter of all their earnings.


Synonymsearnings, remuneration, salary, wage


Broader (hypernym)regular payment


Narrower (hyponym)combat pay, double time, found, half-pay, living wage, merit pay, minimum wage, pay envelope, pay packet, sick pay, strike pay, take-home pay


Part meronympayroll, paysheet


English verb: pay

1. pay (possession) give money, usually in exchange for goods or services


SamplesI paid four dollars for this sandwich.
Pay the waitress, please.


ExamplesThey pay him to write the letter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody with something


Broader (hypernym)give


Narrower (hyponym)bribe, buy, charge, compensate, compensate, contribute, corrupt, defray, disburse, drop, expend, finance, foot, give back, go Dutch, grease one's palms, indemnify, kick back, overpay, pay cash, pay off, pay out, pick, prefer, prepay, put up, recompense, recompense, redeem, refund, remit, remunerate, repair, repay, return, spend, subsidise, subsidize, tithe, underpay

2. pay (communication) convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow


SamplesDon't pay him any mind.
Give the orders.
Give him my best regards.
Pay attention.


Synonymsgive


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate


Narrower (hyponym)extend, offer

3. pay (possession) cancel or discharge a debt


SamplesPay up, please!.


ExamplesThey pay


Synonymsante up, pay up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)pay


Narrower (hyponym)liquidate, pay off


Antonymsdefault, default on

4. pay (possession) bring in


SamplesInterest-bearing accounts.
How much does this savings certificate pay annually?.


Synonymsbear, yield


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bring in, clear, earn, gain, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in


Narrower (hyponym)clear, net, pay off


Domain categoryinvestment, investment funds

5. pay (possession) do or give something to somebody in return


SamplesDoes she pay you for the work you are doing?.


ExamplesThey pay to move


Synonymscompensate, make up, pay off


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP


Broader (hypernym)settle

6. pay (cognition) dedicate


SamplesGive thought to.
Give priority to.
Pay attention to.


Synonymsdevote, give


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)cerebrate, cogitate, think


Verb groupgive, sacrifice

7. pay (stative) be worth it


SamplesIt pays to go through the trouble.


Pattern of useIt ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)be

8. pay (social) render


SamplesPay a visit.
Pay a call.


ExamplesThey pay the money


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s on something.
Somebody ----s somebody something


Broader (hypernym)make

9. pay (cognition) bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action


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


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate


Narrower (hyponym)get one's lumps, take one's lumps

10. pay (possession) make a compensation for


SamplesA favor that cannot be paid back.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)repay, requite


Verb groupfix, get, pay back, pay off

11. pay (possession) discharge or settle


SamplesPay a debt.
Pay an obligation.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)settle


Narrower (hyponym)ante up, pay, pay up









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