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English definition of “pay”

pay

verb (BUY)    /peɪ/ (paid, paid)
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!Paying and spending moneyBuying and selling in general 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.Profits and losses
(Definition of pay verb (BUY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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