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English definition of “pay”

pay

verb [I] (PROFIT)   /peɪ/ (past tense and past participle paid  /peɪd/)
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."
(Definition of pay verb (PROFIT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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