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Definition pay

Etymology 1

From Middle English payen, from Old French paiier (“pay”), from Medieval Latin pācāre (“to settle, satisfy”) from Latin pacare (“to pacify”). Displaced native Middle English yelden, yielden (“to pay”) (from Old English ġieldan (“to pay”)) and Middle English schotten (“to pay, make payment”) (from Old English scot, ġescot (“payment”)).

Verb

pay (third-person singular simple present pays, present participle paying, simple past and past participle paid or (archaic) payed)

  1. (transitive) To give money or other compensation to in exchange for goods or services.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To discharge, as a debt or other obligation, by giving or doing what is due or required.
  3. (transitive) To be profitable for.
  4. (transitive) To give (something else than money).
  5. (intransitive) To be profitable or worth the effort.
  6. (intransitive) To discharge an obligation or debt.
  7. (intransitive) To suffer consequences.
Noun

pay (countable and uncountable, plural pays)

  1. Money given in return for work; salary or wages.
Adjective

pay (not comparable)

  1. Operable or accessible on deposit of coins.
  2. Pertaining to or requiring payment.

Etymology 2

Old French peier, from Latin picare (“to pitch”).

Verb

pay (third-person singular simple present pays, present participle paying, simple past and past participle payed)

  1. (nautical, transitive) To cover (the bottom of a vessel, a seam, a spar, etc.) with tar or pitch, or a waterproof composition of tallow, resin, etc.; to smear.

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