pay verb (BUY)
How much did you pay for the tickets? 你買那些票花了多少錢？
I pay my taxes. 我繳付稅款。
[ + obj + to infinitive ] I think we'll need to pay a builder to take this wall down. 我想我們要僱個建築工人來拆掉這面牆。
pay for itself
- I pay my electricity bill by direct debit.
- Very few people can afford to pay those prices.
- How much did you pay for your glasses?
- We agreed to pay for the car by instalments.
- I've been saving all year to pay for our holiday.
pay verb (WORK)
Accountancy may be boring but at least it pays well. 當會計可能很乏味，但至少收入可觀。
- I'll pay you double if you get the work finished by Friday.
- This magazine has considerable financial muscle and can afford to pay top journalists.
- They pay me next to nothing but I really enjoy the work.
- The law obliges companies to pay decent wages to their employees.
- You'll be paid on completion of the project.
pay verb (PROFIT)
- Crime really doesn't pay.
- It always pays to keep on top of your work.
- It would pay you to be more cautious about future investments.
- It pays to get some professional advice first.
- It never pays to rush into things.
pay verb (GIVE)
C2 [ T ] to give or do something給予，致以；進行
pay (sb/sth) a call/visit
- She complained that her husband never paid her any compliments any more.
- He never paid attention in class and seemed to be in a permanent daydream.
- On this occasion we pay homage to him for his achievements.
- The teacher gently reproved the boys for not paying attention.
- You'd do well to pay heed to what your grandmother says.
paynoun [ U ]uk /peɪ/ us /peɪ/
- The unions are in dispute with management over pay.
- Many employees have had to take drastic cuts in pay.
- Management has/have offered staff a 3% pay increase.
- When you reckon in all my overtime, my total pay is quite good.
- If it's a choice between higher pay and job security, I'd prefer to keep my job.