pays, paying, paid
1) VERB When you pay an amount of money to someone, you give it to them because you are buying something from them or because you owe it to them. When you pay something such as a bill or a debt, you pay the amount that you owe.

[V for n] Accommodation is free - all you pay for is breakfast and dinner...

[V n for n] We paid ₤35 for each ticket...

[V n] The wealthier may have to pay a little more in taxes...

[V n to n] He proposes that businesses should pay taxes to the federal government...

[V adv/prep] You can pay by credit card. [Also V to-inf, V n to-inf, V]

2) VERB When you are paid, you get your wages or salary from your employer.

[be/get V-ed n] The lawyer was paid a huge salary...

[get/be V-ed adv] I get paid monthly...

[V adv] They could wander where they wished and take jobs from who paid best.

3) N-UNCOUNT Your pay is the money that you get from your employer as wages or salary.

...their complaints about their pay and conditions.

...the workers' demand for a twenty per cent pay rise.

4) VERB If you are paid to do something, someone gives you some money so that you will help them or perform some service for them.

[be V-ed to-inf] Students were paid substantial sums of money to do nothing all day but lie in bed...

[V n n] If you help me, I'll pay you anything.

5) VERB If a government or organization makes someone pay for something, it makes them responsible for providing the money for it, for example by increasing prices or taxes.

[V for n] ...a legally binding international treaty that establishes who must pay for environmental damage...

[V for n] If you don't subsidize things like ballet and opera it means that seat prices are going to have to go up to pay for it. [Also V]

6) VERB If a job, deal, or investment pays a particular amount, it brings you that amount of money.

[V adv] We're stuck in jobs that don't pay very well...

[V n] The account does not pay interest on a credit balance.

7) VERB If a job, deal, or investment pays, it brings you a profit or earns you some money.

There are some agencies now specialising in helping older people to find jobs which pay...

They owned land; they made it pay.

8) VERB When you pay money into a bank account, you put the money in the account.

[V n into n] He paid ₤20 into his savings account...

[V n with adv] There is nothing more annoying than queueing when you only want to pay in a few cheques.

9) VERB If a course of action pays, it results in some advantage or benefit for you.

[it V to-inf] It pays to invest in protective clothing...

He talked of defending small nations, of ensuring that aggression does not pay.

10) VERB If you pay for something that you do or have, you suffer as a result of it.

[V for n] Britain was to pay dearly for its lack of resolve...

[V n for n] Why should I pay the penalty for somebody else's mistake?...

[V n for n] She feels it's a small price to pay for the pleasure of living in this delightful house. [Also V]

11) VERB You use pay with some nouns, for example in the expressions pay a visit and pay attention, to indicate that something is given or done.

[V n n] Do pay us a visit next time you're in Birmingham...

[V n to n] He felt a heavy bump, but paid no attention to it...

[V n] He had nothing to do with arranging the funeral, but came along to pay his last respects.

12) ADJ: ADJ n Pay television consists of programmes and channels which are not part of a public broadcasting system, and for which people have to pay.

The company has set up joint-venture pay-TV channels in Belgium, Spain, and Germany.

13) See also , sick pay
14) PHRASE: V inflects If something that you buy or invest in pays for itself after a period of time, the money you gain from it, or save because you have it, is greater than the amount you originally spent or invested. in energy efficiency that would pay for themselves within five years.

15) PHRASE: PHR n (disapproval) If you say that someone is in the pay of a certain person or group, you disapprove of the fact that they are being paid by and are working for that person or group, often secretly or illegally.

He was murdered at a presidential rally by gunmen in the pay of drug traffickers.

16) PHRASE: V inflects If you pay your way, you have or earn enough money to pay for what you need, without needing other people to give or lend you money.

I went to college anyway, as a part-time student, paying my own way...

The British film industry could not pay its way without a substantial export market.

17) to pay dividendssee dividend
to pay through the nosesee nose
he who pays the piper calls the tunesee piper
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