Pay v. t. Naut. 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.
Pay, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Paid p. pr. & vb. n. Paying.]
1. 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.
May no penny ale them pay [=\i. e., satisfy].\= --P. Plowman.
[She] pays me with disdain. --Dryden.
2. Hence, figuratively: To compensate justly; to requite according to merit; to reward; to punish; to retort or retaliate upon.
For which, or pay me quickly, or I'll pay you. --B. Jonson.
3. 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). “Pay me that thou owest.”
Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. --Matt. xviii. 26.
If they pay this tax, they starve. --Tennyson.
4. To discharge or fulfill, as a duy; to perform or render duty, as that which has been promised.
This day have I paid my vows. --Prov. vii. 14.
5. To give or offer, without an implied obligation; as, to pay attention; to pay a visit.
Not paying me a welcome. --Shak.
To pay off. (a) To make compensation to and discharge; as, to pay off the crew of a ship. (b) To allow (a thread, cord, etc.) to run off; to unwind. (c) to bribe.
To pay one's duty, to render homage, as to a sovereign or other superior.
To pay out Naut., to pass out; hence, to slacken; to allow to run out; as, to pay out more cable. See under Cable.
To pay the piper, to bear the cost, expense, or trouble. [Colloq.]
Pay v. i. To give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt.
The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again. --Ps. xxxvii. 21.
2. 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.
To pay for. (a) To make amends for; to atone for; as, men often pay for their mistakes with loss of property or reputation, sometimes with life. (b) To give an equivalent for; to bear the expense of; to be mulcted on account of.
'T was I paid for your sleeps; I watched your wakings. --Beau. & Fl.
-- To pay off.
To pay on.
To pay round
1. Satisfaction; content.
2. 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.
Where only merit constant pay receives. --Pope.
There is neither pay nor plunder to be got. --L'Estrange.
Full pay, the whole amount of wages or salary; maximum pay; especially, the highest pay or allowance to civil or military officers of a certain rank, without deductions.
Half pay. See under Half.
Pay day, the day of settlement of accounts.
Pay dirt Mining, earth which yields a profit to the miner. [Western U.S.]
Pay office, a place where payment is made.
Pay roll, (a) a roll or list of persons entitled to payment, with the amounts due; now usually one word, payroll. (b) the total sum of money which is paid to all employees on payday.
n : something that remunerates; "wages were paid by check"; "he
wasted his pay on drink"; "they saved a quarter of all
their earnings" [syn: wage, earnings, remuneration,
v 1: give money, usually in exchange for goods or services; "I
paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress,
2: convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.;
bestow; "Don't pay him any mind"; "give the orders"; "Give
him my best regards"; "pay attention" [syn: give]
3: do or give something to somebody in return; "Does she pay
you for the work you are doing?" [syn: pay off, make up,
4: bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action;
"You'll pay for this!"; "She had to pay the penalty for
speaking out rashly"; "You'll pay for this opinion later"
5: cancel or discharge a debt; "pay up, please!" [syn: pay up,
ante up] [ant: default]
6: bring in; "interest-bearing accounts"; "How much does this
savings certificate pay annually?" [syn: yield, bear]
7: render; "pay a visit"; "pay a call"
8: be worth it; "It pays to go through the trouble"
9: dedicate; "give thought to"; "give priority to"; "pay
attention to" [syn: give, devote]
10: discharge or settle; "pay a debt"; "pay an obligation"
11: make a compensation for; "a favor that cannot be paid back"