Meaning of “pay” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb us uk /peɪ/ past tense and past participle paid
Extra Examples
I wanted to pay for her meal but she wouldn't hear of it.You're supposed to pay by the end of the month.He's out of work, so how he pays his rent is a mystery to me.He was duped into paying $4000 for a fake painting.He paid the bill in full.
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.
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

to be a good thing to do because it gives you money or an advantage:

Crime doesn't pay.

to suffer because of something bad you have done:

He's certainly paying for his mistakes.
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.
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

B2 to visit a place or a person, usually for a short time

(Definition of “pay verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)