English definition of “pay”
/peɪ/ verb (past tense and past participle paid)
BUY [I, T] › to give money to someone because you are buying something from them, or because you owe them money: Helen paid for the tickets. Did you pay the telephone bill? You can pay by cash or credit card.
WORK [I, T] › to give someone money for the work that they do: She gets paid twice a month. People work for them because they pay well. [+ two objects] We paid them £600 for the work. a paid job
ADVANTAGE [I] › to be a good thing to do because it gives you money or an advantage: Crime doesn't pay.
SUFFER [I, T] › to suffer because of something bad you have done: He's certainly paying for his mistakes.
pay attention › to look at or listen to someone or something carefully: I missed what she was saying because I wasn't paying attention.
pay sb a compliment › to tell someone that you admire something about them
pay tribute to sb/sth › to thank someone or say that you admire someone or something, especially in public: He paid tribute to his former teacher.
pay sb/sth a visit; pay a visit to sb/sth › to visit a place or a person, usually for a short time