Another word for pay

Another word for pay DEFAULT

1. pay

verb. ['ˈpeɪ'] give money, usually in exchange for goods or services.

  • give
  • subsidize
  • indemnify
  • pay cash
  • foot
  • give back
  • pay off
  • disburse
  • repay
  • tithe
  • bribe
  • defray
  • put up
  • contribute
  • return
  • spend
  • prefer
  • redeem
  • refund
  • recompense
  • compensate
  • remunerate
  • pick
  • buy
  • kick back
  • underpay
  • go Dutch
  • overpay
  • drop
  • prepay
  • pay out
  • grease one's palms
  • charge
  • remit
  • corrupt
  • repair
  • finance
  • expend
  • charge
  • underpay
  • overpay
  • take
  • payen (Middle English ())
  • paier (Old French (ca. ))

Words that Rhyme with Pay

  • waga
  • compusa
  • communique
  • yakutakay
  • redisplay
  • papier-mache
  • l'espalier
  • cluj
  • cabriolet
  • underplay
  • societe
  • san-jose
  • naivete
  • mcgarvey
  • jonbenet
  • intraday
  • dunlavey
  • chevrolet
  • buga
  • aaa
  • zepa
  • underway
  • santa-fe
  • portray
  • pinochet
  • overstay
  • overplay
  • monterrey
  • meservey
  • mcstay

Example sentences of the word pay

1. Verb, base form
Leaving early could mean you have to pay for the stay.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Visitors pay significantly more than state residents for each type of license.

3. Noun, singular or mass
Different geographical areas in the United States can also offer differing levels of pay to particle physicists.

Quotes containing the word pay

1. Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.
- John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

2. Success is the child of drudgery and perseverance. It cannot be coaxed or bribed; pay the price and it is yours.
- Orison Swett Marden

3. Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures.
- Vince Lombardi

2. pay

verb. ['ˈpeɪ'] convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow.

  • extend
  • offer
  • communicate
  • intercommunicate
  • ride
  • subtract
  • head
  • refrain
  • payen (Middle English ())
  • paier (Old French (ca. ))

3. pay

noun. ['ˈpeɪ'] something that remunerates.

  • wage
  • living wage
  • combat pay
  • take-home pay
  • found
  • half-pay
  • minimum wage
  • salary
  • sick pay
  • strike pay
  • merit pay
  • paysheet
  • payroll
  • pay envelope
  • pay packet
  • double time
  • regular payment
  • remuneration
  • withdraw
  • borrow
  • breastfeed
  • starve
  • payen (Middle English ())
  • paier (Old French (ca. ))

4. pay

verb. ['ˈpeɪ'] cancel or discharge a debt.

  • nonpayment
  • level
  • ground stroke
  • volley
  • payen (Middle English ())
  • paier (Old French (ca. ))

5. pay

verb. ['ˈpeɪ'] bring in.

  • yield
  • bear
  • realise
  • make
  • net
  • pay off
  • gain
  • clear
  • pull in
  • bring in
  • take in
  • realize
  • dislike
  • unbalance
  • wrong
  • spread
  • payen (Middle English ())
  • paier (Old French (ca. ))

6. pay

verb. ['ˈpeɪ'] do or give something to somebody in return.

  • pay off
  • compensate
  • settle
  • divest
  • overspend
  • underspend
  • demote
  • payen (Middle English ())
  • paier (Old French (ca. ))

7. pay

verb. ['ˈpeɪ'] dedicate.

  • cogitate
  • give
  • cerebrate
  • think
  • sacrifice
  • disinherit
  • explode
  • stay
  • stand still
  • payen (Middle English ())
  • paier (Old French (ca. ))

8. pay

verb. ['ˈpeɪ'] be worth it.

  • payen (Middle English ())
  • paier (Old French (ca. ))

9. pay

verb. ['ˈpeɪ'] render.

  • payen (Middle English ())
  • paier (Old French (ca. ))


verb. ['ˈpeɪ'] bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action.

  • abide
  • suffer
  • bear
  • stick out
  • stand
  • tolerate
  • support
  • brook
  • put up
  • take one's lumps
  • endure
  • stomach
  • get one's lumps
  • forbid
  • disallow
  • refuse
  • shrink
  • payen (Middle English ())
  • paier (Old French (ca. ))


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verb (used with object),paid or ( Obsolete except for def. 12 ) payed,pay·ing.

to settle (a debt, obligation, etc.), as by transferring money or goods, or by doing something: Please pay your bill.

to give over (a certain amount of money) in exchange for something: He paid twenty dollars for the shirt.

to transfer money as compensation or recompense for work done or services rendered; to satisfy the claims of (a person, organization, etc.), as by giving money due: He paid me for my work.

to defray (cost or expense).

to give compensation for.

to yield a recompense or return to; be profitable to: Your training will pay you well in the future.

to yield as a return: The stock paid six percent last year.

to requite, as for good, harm, or an offense: How can I pay her for her kindness and generosity?

to give or render (attention, respects, compliments, etc.), as if due or fitting.

to make (a call, visit, etc.).

to suffer in retribution; undergo: You'll pay the penalty for your stubbornness!

Nautical. to let (a ship) fall off to leeward.

verb (used without object),paid,pay·ing.

to transfer money, goods, etc., as in making a purchase or settling a debt.

to discharge a debt or obligation.

to yield a return, profit, or advantage; be worthwhile: It pays to be courteous.

to give compensation, as for damage or loss sustained.

to suffer or be punished for something: The murderer paid with his life.


the act of paying or being paid; payment.

wages, salary, or a stipend.

a person with reference to solvency or reputation for meeting obligations: The bank regards him as good pay.

paid employment: in the pay of the enemy.

reward or punishment; requital.

a rock stratum from which petroleum is obtained.


requiring subscribed or monthly payment for use or service: pay television.

operable or accessible on deposit of a coin or coins: a pay toilet.

of or relating to payment.

Verb Phrasespast and past participlepaid or ( Obsolete except for def. 30c ) payed,present participlepay·ing.

pay down,
  1. to pay (part of the total price) at the time of purchase, with the promise to pay the balance in installments: On this plan you pay only ten percent down.
  2. to pay off or back; amortize: The company's debt is being paid down rapidly.

pay for,to suffer or be punished for: to pay for one's sins.

pay off,
  1. to pay (someone) everything that is due that person, especially to do so and discharge from one's employ.
  2. to pay (a debt) in full.
  3. bribe.
  4. to retaliate upon or punish.
  5. fall off to leeward.
  6. to result in success or failure: The risk paid off handsomely.
pay out,
  1. to distribute (money, wages, etc.); disburse.
  2. to get revenge upon for an injury; punish.
  3. to let out (a rope) by slackening.
pay up,
  1. to pay fully.
  2. to pay on demand: The gangsters used threats of violence to force the shopkeepers to pay up.



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Idioms about pay

    pay as you go,
    1. to pay for (goods, services, etc.) at the time of purchase, as opposed to buying on credit.
    2. to spend no more than income permits; keep out of debt.
    3. to pay income tax by regular deductions from one's salary or wages.
    pay back,
    1. to repay or return: to pay back a loan.
    2. to retaliate against or punish: She paid us back by refusing the invitation.
    3. to requite.
    pay one's / its way,
    1. to pay one's portion of shared expenses.
    2. to yield a return on one's investment sufficient to repay one's expenses: It will take time for the restaurant to begin paying its way.

Origin of pay


First recorded in –50; Middle English paien, payen, from Old French paier, paiier, from Medieval Latin pācāre “to satisfy, settle (a debt),” Latin: “to pacify (by force of arms)”; cf. peace

synonym study for pay

Pay,wage or wages,salary,stipend are terms for amounts of money or equivalent benefits, usually given at a regular rate or at regular intervals, in return for services. Pay is the general term: His pay went up every year.Wage usually designates the pay given at an hourly, daily, or weekly rate, often for manual or semiskilled work; wages usually means the cumulative amount paid at regular intervals for such work: an hourly wage; weekly wages.Salary designates a fixed, periodic payment for regular work or services, usually computed on a monthly or yearly basis: an annual salary paid in twelve equal monthly installments.Stipend designates a periodic payment, either as a professional salary or, more commonly, as a salary in return for special services or as a grant in support of creative or scholarly work: an annual stipend for work as a consultant; a stipend to cover living expenses.

Words nearby pay

Paxos, Pax Romana, Paxton, pax vobiscum, paxwax, pay, payable, pay a call, pay a compliment, pay-and-display, pay-as-you-go

Other definitions for pay (2 of 2)

verb (used with object),payed,pay·ing.Nautical.

to coat or cover (seams, a ship's bottom, etc.) with pitch, tar, or the like.

Origin of pay


First recorded in –20; from Middle French poier, Old French peier, from Latin picāre “to smear with pitch,” derivative of pix (stem pic- ) pitch2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc.


what is a basic definition of pay?

Pay means to give money to someone to settle a debt or obligation. Pay also means to give money in exchange for something. Pay is also a person’s salary or wages. Pay has many other senses as a verb and a noun.

Pay means to settle a bill or a debt, such as paying the check at a restaurant or paying your electric bill. Sometimes you can pay in advance, meaning you pay for the product or service before you receive it. The past tense of the verb pay is paid.

Real-life examples: Homeowners pay their mortgages. Citizens pay taxes to the government. College students often have to pay student loans.

Used in a sentence:I always keep enough money in the bank to pay my rent on time.

Pay also means to give someone money for a product or service.

Real-life examples: A person might pay $20 for some old shirts. A parent may pay a store $50 for a gift for their child. A rich person may pay $5 million for a mansion.

Used in a sentence:She paid the actor $5 for an autographed picture. 

Pay is also the money a person earns in exchange for their labor. This sense of pay is a synonym of salary or earnings.

Real-life examples: When you have a job, you earn your pay. A doctor has a much higher pay than a teenager working a part-time job. Workers often go on strike or negotiate with the company to try and get a better pay.

Used in a sentence:He may not like his job that much, but he never complains about the pay.

Where does pay come from?

The first records of pay come from around It ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin pācāre, meaning “to satisfy” or  “to settle (a debt).”

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How is pay used in real life?

Pay is a very common word that is most often used to mean to give money in return for something.



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Is pay used correctly in the following sentence?

She is willing to pay a lot of money for the newest model of smartphone.

Words related to pay

salary, wage, fee, reimbursement, profit, stipend, compensation, income, reward, payment, allowance, remuneration, refund, settle, handle, extend, grant, reimburse, offer, disburse

How to use pay in a sentence

  • Under Germany’s Kurzarbeit, which translates to “short-time work,” financially distressed employers can drastically reduce worker hours, and the government will pay most of their lost wages.

    Job markets in the US and Europe are surprisingly similar|Dan Kopf|September 16, |Quartz

  • I was declared innocent, and they said I should pay $,

    The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, |DAILY BEAST

  • The escort site Cowboys4Angels peddles chiseled, hot-bodied men and their smoldering model looks to women willing to pay.

    Career-Minded Women Turn to Male Escorts For No-Strings Fun and (Maybe) Sex|Aurora Snow|January 3, |DAILY BEAST

  • One that they cannot cash in at the bank to pay for their flats.

    One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem|Danielle Belton|January 2, |DAILY BEAST

  • That could include private financial or personal information—like the credit-card numbers you used to pay for the corrupted Wi-Fi.

    How ‘Ethical’ Hotel Chain Marriott Gouges Guests in the Name of Wi-Fi Security|Kyle Chayka|December 31, |DAILY BEAST

  • Instead of just cutting out whole food groups, Bacon says people should pay attention to how food makes them feel.

    Why Your New Year’s Diet Will Fail|Carrie Arnold|December 30, |DAILY BEAST

  • Now, on my first day here, you pay me back for what I did then—as if it needed paying back!

    Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson

  • “We shall make Mr. Pickwick pay for peeping,” said Fogg, with considerable native humour, as he unfolded his papers.

    The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens

  • Condillac after the marquis's death had refused to pay tithes to Mother Church and has flouted and insulted the Bishop.

    St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini

  • Of course, newly acquired Ferns will pay for extra attention in the way of watering until they have secured a proper roothold.

    How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin

  • In these enlightened days no man is imprisoned for owing money, but only because he does not pay it when told to do so.

    Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell

British Dictionary definitions for pay (1 of 2)

verbpays, payingorpaid

to discharge (a debt, obligation, etc) by giving or doing somethinghe paid his creditors

(when intr, often foll by for) to give (money) to (a person) in return for goods or servicesthey pay their workers well; they pay by the hour

to give or afford (a person) a profit or benefitit pays one to be honest

(tr)to give or bestow (a compliment, regards, attention, etc)

(tr)to make (a visit or call)

(intr often foll by for) to give compensation or make amends

(tr)to yield a return ofthe shares pay 15 per cent

to give or do (something equivalent) in return; pay backhe paid for the insult with a blow

(tr; past tense and past participle paid or payed)nauticalto allow (a vessel) to make leeway

Australianinformalto acknowledge or accept (something) as true, just, etc

pay one's way
  1. to contribute one's share of expenses
  2. to remain solvent without outside help


  1. money given in return for work or services; a salary or wage
  2. (as modifier)a pay slip; pay claim

paid employment (esp in the phrase in the pay of)

(modifier)requiring the insertion of money or discs before or during usea pay phone; a pay toilet

(modifier)rich enough in minerals to be profitably mined or workedpay gravel

See also pay back, pay down, pay for, pay in, pay off, pay out, pay up

Word Origin for pay

C from Old French payer, from Latin pācāre to appease (a creditor), from pāxpeace

British Dictionary definitions for pay (2 of 2)

verbpays, payingorpayed

(tr)nauticalto caulk (the seams of a wooden vessel) with pitch or tar

Word Origin for pay

C from Old French peier, from Latin picāre, from pix pitch

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. , © HarperCollins Publishers , , , , , , ,

Other Idioms and Phrases with pay

In addition to the idioms beginning with pay

  • pay a call
  • pay a compliment
  • pay as you go
  • pay attention
  • pay a visit
  • pay back
  • pay court to
  • pay dirt, hit
  • pay for
  • pay off
  • pay one's dues
  • pay one's respects
  • pay one's way
  • pay out
  • pay the piper
  • pay through the nose
  • pay up
  • pay your money and take your choice

also see:

  • (pay the piper) call the tune
  • crime does not pay
  • devil to pay
  • hell to pay
  • lip service, pay
  • rob Peter to pay Paul
  • you get what you pay for

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © , , by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

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The money or profit derived from a sale, business venture, etc.


Satisfaction is getting what you wanted or desired or the payment of a debt.


The payment to an employee, usually based on hours worked or quantity of goods or services produced.

pay dividends


To give, hand over, deliver, present, or submit, as for approval, consideration, payment, etc.


Financial gain from a transaction or from a period of investment or business activity, usually calculated as income in excess of costs or as the final value of an asset in excess of its initial value.


Compensation or remuneration, as for damage or economic loss, required from a nation defeated in war.


Something, such as money, given or received as payment or reparation, as for a service or loss.


A compensation or satisfaction, as for a wrong done


(Only in singular, sports and figuratively) Time out; temporary, limited suspension of play.

make payment


(Law) To reduce (the amount of a monetary claim made by a party in a legal action) because of a failure of that party to perform an obligation under the contract or law related to the claim.


Reciprocate is defined as to give, do or feel in the same way or degree.



Something, such as a payment, that remunerates.


A body or group of people, officially tasked with carrying out a particular function.


A fixed and regular payment, such as a salary for services rendered or an allowance.


A person or group of persons holding such a right, claim, or share:


The act of making good another’s financial loss or liability, resulting from the occurrence of a particular event or contingency.


A percentage or share of the profits of an enterprise, especially one given or accepted as a bribe.


(Psychology) The return for performance of a desired behavior; positive reinforcement.


A fixed payment at regular intervals for services, esp. when clerical or professional


A fixed sum charged, as by an institution or by law, for a privilege:


The definition of a settlement is an agreement that resolves a dispute, an agreement officially transferring real estate to a new party, or people making a home in a new place where no one has lived before.



An itemized bill or statement of a sum due.


(Archaic) A merited recompense or reward


Gain from employment or position; payment received for work; salary, wages, fees, etc.


A marching cadence of three-foot steps a minute: normal cadence is steps a minute

overtime. See syn. study at wage.wage


To compensate is to pay someone for services performed, to repay someone for some wrong or that something positive exists to make up for something negative.


To pay (a person) a suitable equivalent in return for goods provided, services rendered, or losses incurred; recompense.


To give back, either in return or in compensation:


To protect against or keep free from loss, damage, etc.; insure


To give forth; to emit or send out.


To give back or pay back (money, etc.); repay


To get revenge on (another) for wrongdoing.


To plant with inhabitants; to colonize; to people.


To send back; to give up; to surrender; to resign.

make reparation


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To offer in good faith; pledge:


To meet in order to deliberate together or compare views; consult:


To bequeath is to leave assets for others after your death or to give someone something that you own, especially something of value.


To undertake the payment of (costs or expenses); pay.


To accelerate the growth or progress of; to further; to forward; to help on; to aid; to heighten.


The definition of adjust means to change something to a better fit or to be more usable.


To pay to the extent of what is claimed or due.

bear the expense


To obtain money, credit, or capital for

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Frequently Asked Questions About pay

How is the word pay distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of pay are compensate, indemnify, recompense, reimburse, remunerate, repay, and satisfy. While all these words mean "to give money or its equivalent in return for something," pay implies the discharge of an obligation incurred.

paid their bills

When might compensate be a better fit than pay?

The words compensate and pay are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, compensate implies a making up for services rendered.

an attorney well compensated for her services

When can indemnify be used instead of pay?

Although the words indemnify and pay have much in common, indemnify implies making good a loss suffered through accident, disaster, warfare.

indemnified the families of the dead miners

When would recompense be a good substitute for pay?

The meanings of recompense and pay largely overlap; however, recompense suggests due return in amends, friendly repayment, or reward.

passengers were recompensed for the delay

When could reimburse be used to replace pay?

The synonyms reimburse and pay are sometimes interchangeable, but reimburse implies a return of money that has been spent for another's benefit.

reimbursed employees for expenses

Where would remunerate be a reasonable alternative to pay?

In some situations, the words remunerate and pay are roughly equivalent. However, remunerate clearly suggests paying for services rendered and may extend to payment that is generous or not contracted for.

promised to remunerate the searchers handsomely

When is it sensible to use repay instead of pay?

While in some cases nearly identical to pay, repay stresses paying back an equivalent in kind or amount.

repay a favor with a favor

When is satisfy a more appropriate choice than pay?

While the synonyms satisfy and pay are close in meaning, satisfy implies paying a person what is required by law.

all creditors will be satisfied in full


For another pay word

Damn, well, do not send her now, why didnt wash her ass, whore !!. - shouted the man and gave Alena a slap in the face. She spat out a member. - So I dont need to go there, I have a pisya for this - said Alena and immediately pressed her by the hair to the dick. - Be quiet, today I will have you where I want - said the man.

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Irina put a bowl on the chair. They don't even want to milk her. They ordered me to milk myself. The woman pulled on her nipples, crumpled her breasts. The milk was flowing into the bowl.

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I walk into your room, you freeze for a moment, but when you see me you relax, I come up to you, sit down. Next to you and put the laptop aside, bend over and gently kiss on the lips, run my hand through your hair, kiss your earlobe. and go down the blanket, it gets in the way to me.

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