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English definition of “pay”

pay

verb     /peɪ/ (past tense and past participle paid)
BUY [I, T] A1 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 .Paying and spending moneyGiving, providing and supplying
WORK [I, T] B1 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 1000 euros for the work . a paid job Paying and spending moneyGiving, providing and supplying
ADVANTAGE [I] to be a good thing to do because it gives you money or an advantage : Crime doesn't pay.Useful or advantageous
SUFFER [I, T] to suffer because of something bad you have done: He's certainly paying for his mistakes .Experiencing and suffering
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 .Paying attention and being carefulCautious and vigilant
pay sb a compliment to tell someone that you admire something about themPraising and applaudingExaggerating and playing down
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 .Relieved and thankful
pay sb/sth a visit; pay a visit to sb/sth B2 to visit a place or a person , usually for a short time Visiting
(Definition of pay verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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