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pay

verb (GIVE)    /peɪ/ (paid, paid)
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.Giving, providing and supplying 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.Visiting
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