Meaning of "pay" in Essential American English Dictionary

pay

verb us /peɪ/ (present participle paying, past tense and past participle paid)

A1 to give money to someone because you are buying something from him or her:

Helen paid for the tickets.

B1 to give someone money for the work that he or she does:

She gets paid twice a month.
We paid them $600 for the work.
pay attention

B1 to look at or listen to someone or something carefully:

I missed what she was saying because I wasn’t paying attention.

(Definition of “pay verb” from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)