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pay

verb uk   /peɪ/ (paid, paid) us  

pay verb (BUY)

A1 [I or T] to give money to someone for something you want to buy or for services provided: How much did you pay for the tickets? I pay my taxes. Will you pay these cheques into (US usually deposit these checks in) my account for me? [+ two objects] I'll pay you the fiver back tomorrow. I paid the driver (in/with) cash. Would you prefer to pay with/by cash, cheque or credit card? [+ obj + to infinitive ] I think we'll need to pay a builder to take this wall down. Did Linda pay you for looking after her cats while she was away? I paid (out) a lot of money to get the washing machine fixed and it still doesn't work! pay for itself If something pays for itself, it works so well that it saves the same amount of money that it cost: The advertising should pay for itself.

pay verb (WORK)

B1 [I or T] to give money to someone for work that they have done: The company pays £220 a week for people to act as couriers. Accountancy may be boring but at least it pays well. Most of these women are very poorly paid and work in terrible conditions.

pay verb (PROFIT)

[I] to give a profit or advantage to someone or something: It never pays to take risks where human safety is concerned.

pay verb (GIVE)

C2 [T] to give or do something: The commander paid tribute to the courage of his troops. It's always nice to be paid a compliment. A crowd of mourners gathered to pay their respects to the dead man. pay attention (to sth) B1 to watch, listen to, or think about something carefully: You weren't paying attention to what I was saying. pay (sb/sth) a call/visit B2 to visit a person or place, usually for a short time: I'll pay you a call when I'm in the area. We thought we'd pay a visit to the museum while we were in Lisbon. If you leave your address, I'll pay a call on you when I'm in the area.

pay

noun [U] uk   /peɪ/ us  
B1 the money you receive for doing a job: UK Any pay rise (US usually raise) must be in line with inflation. It's a nice job but the pay is appalling. be in the pay of sb to work for someone, especially secretly
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