payverbuk us /peɪ/ (paid, paid)
pay verb (BUY)
pay verb (WORK)
- 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)
- a good/bad turn idiom
- give sb a leg up idiom
- give/lend sb a helping hand idiom
- go a long way toward(s) doing sth idiom
- hang together
- run errands idiom
- see sb through sth
- share a platform idiom
- start sb off
pay verb (GIVE)
- 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.
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paynoun [U]uk 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.