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Definition of Pay


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Hence, figuratively: To compensate justly; to requite according to merit; to reward; to punish; to retort or retaliate upon.
  4. 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).
  5. To discharge or fulfill, as a duy; to perform or render duty, as that which has been promised.
  6. To give or offer, without an implied obligation; as, to pay attention; to pay a visit.
  7. To give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt.
  8. 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.
  9. Satisfaction; content.
  10. 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.

Pay Quotations

I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we're all teachers - if we're willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.
Marla Gibbs

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.
Richard Bach

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. - Andrew Carnegie
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.
Andrew Carnegie

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
John F. Kennedy

I still love things that you don't even need to pay for. Going to the beach and being around five of your friends and having a good time means so much more than going out and spending hundreds of dollars.
Maria Sharapova
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Pay Translations

pay in Afrikaans is betaal
pay in Danish is betale
pay in Dutch is storten, betalen, uitbetalen, dokken
pay in Finnish is maksaa
pay in French is payent, payez, faire un versement, payer, payons
pay in German is bezahle, bezahlen, bezahlen
pay in Italian is stipendio, liquidare, pagare
pay in Latin is merces mercedis
pay in Norwegian is betale
pay in Portuguese is pagamento, pagar
pay in Spanish is pagar, acreditar
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