pay Meaning in Cambridge American English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "pay" - American English Dictionary

See all translations

payverb

 us   /peɪ/ (past tense and past participle paid  /peɪd/ )

pay verb (GIVE MONEY FOR)

[I/T] to give money to someone for goods or services: [T] We paid a lot of money for that table. [I] Would you prefer to pay by credit card? [I] fig. We all eventually pay for our mistakes (= suffer or are punished because of our mistakes). [I/T] To pay is also to give someone or something money for an amount you owe: [T] We’ve got to pay the rent. [T] We have so many bills to pay.

pay verb (GIVE EARNINGS)

[I/T] to give money to someone that the person has earned for work done: [T] We pay our salespeople a salary plus a bonus based on their sales. [I] Construction jobs generally pay well.

pay verb (PROFIT)

[I] to give a profit, advantage, or benefit: [+ to infinitive] It never pays to take risks where human safety is concerned. The moral is, "Crime doesn’t pay."

pay verb (PROVIDE)

[T] to provide or do something: Please pay attention. It’s always nice to be paid a compliment.
pay
noun [U]  us   /peɪ/
I asked the boss for a raise in pay.
payable
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˈpeɪ·ə·bəl/
Please make your check payable to Broadway Antiques.
(Definition of pay from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of pay?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “pay” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
lap

to go past someone in a race who has been round the track one less time than you

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More