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From Middle English payen, from Old French paiier (“pay”), from Medieval Latin p?c?re (“to settle, satisfy”) from Latin pacare (“to pacify”). Displaced native Middle English yelden, yielden (“to pay”) (from Old English ?ieldan (“to pay”)) and Middle English schotten (“to pay, make payment”) (from Old English scot, ?escot (“payment”)).
- (transitive) To give money or other compensation to in exchange for goods or services.
- (transitive, intransitive) To discharge, as a debt or other obligation, by giving or doing what is due or required.
- (transitive) To be profitable for.
- (transitive) To give (something else than money).
- (intransitive) To be profitable or worth the effort.
- (intransitive) To discharge an obligation or debt.
- (intransitive) To suffer consequences.
- (transitive) To admit that a joke, punchline, etc., was funny.
pay (countable and uncountable, plural pays)
pay (not comparable)
- Operable or accessible on deposit of coins.
- Pertaining to or requiring payment.
Old French peier, from Latin picare (“to pitch”).