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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.


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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