(noun, adjective, verb)


1. Operable or accessible on deposit of coins.

- pay toilet

2. Pertaining to or requiring payment.


1. something that remunerates

- he wasted his pay on drink

Similar word(s): earnings, remuneration, salary, wage

Definition categories: possession

Sentences with pay as a noun:

- Many employers have rules designed to keep employees from comparing their pays.


1. give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

- Pay the waitress, please

Similar word(s): fund

Definition categories: possession, give

2. convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow

- Don't pay him any mind

- pay attention

Similar word(s): give

Definition categories: communication, communicate, intercommunicate

3. cancel or discharge a debt

- pay up, please!

Definition categories: possession, pay

4. bring in

- How much does this savings certificate pay annually?

Similar word(s): bear, yield

Definition categories: possession, clear, earn, gain, make, realise, realize

5. do or give something to somebody in return

- Does she pay you for the work you are doing?

Similar word(s): compensate

Definition categories: possession, settle

6. dedicate

- pay attention to

Similar word(s): devote, give

Definition categories: cognition, cerebrate, cogitate, think

7. be worth it

- It pays to go through the trouble

Definition categories: stative, be

8. render

- pay a visit

- pay a call

Definition categories: social, make

9. 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

Definition categories: cognition, abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, stand, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate

10. make a compensation for

Definition categories: possession, repay, requite

11. discharge or settle

- pay a debt

- pay an obligation

Definition categories: possession, settle

Sentences with pay as a verb:

- she offered to pay the bill;  he has paid his debt to society

- It didn't pay him to keep the store open any more.

- to pay attention

- crime doesn’t pay;