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English definition of “pay”

pay

verb [I or T] (WORK)    /peɪ/ (paid, paid)
B1 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 .Paying and spending money
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