• Pay, Or They Would Kill Him 316
    Pay, Or They Would Kill Him 316
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pay dedicate "give thought to","give priority to","pay attention to"
    • v pay bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action "You'll pay for this!","She had to pay the penalty for speaking out rashly","You'll pay for this opinion later"
    • v pay convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow "Don't pay him any mind","give the orders","Give him my best regards","pay attention"
    • v pay give money, usually in exchange for goods or services "I paid four dollars for this sandwich","Pay the waitress, please"
    • v pay cancel or discharge a debt "pay up, please!"
    • v pay discharge or settle "pay a debt","pay an obligation"
    • v pay do or give something to somebody in return "Does she pay you for the work you are doing?"
    • v pay bring in "interest-bearing accounts","How much does this savings certificate pay annually?"
    • v pay make a compensation for "a favor that cannot be paid back"
    • v pay render "pay a visit","pay a call"
    • v pay be worth it "It pays to go through the trouble"
    • n pay something that remunerates "wages were paid by check","he wasted his pay on drink","they saved a quarter of all their earnings"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Pay Villian Pay Villian
A man, made poor by agricultural distress, selling something to a happy money lender in order to pay his rent A man, made poor by agricultural distress, selling something to a happy money lender in order to pay his rent
The Great Eastern paying out the Atlantic Cable The Great Eastern paying out the Atlantic Cable

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A Russian man who wore a beard during the time of Peter the Great had to pay a special tax
    • Pay An equivalent or return for money due, goods purchased, or services performed; salary or wages for work or service; compensation; recompense; payment; hire; as, the pay of a clerk; the pay of a soldier. "Where only merit constant pay receives.""There is neither pay nor plunder to be got."
    • Pay Hence, figuratively: To compensate justly; to requite according to merit; to reward; to punish; to retort or retaliate upon. "For which, or pay me quickly, or I'll pay you."
    • Pay Hence, to make or secure suitable return for expense or trouble; to be remunerative or profitable; to be worth the effort or pains required; as, it will pay to ride; it will pay to wait; politeness always pays.
    • Pay Satisfaction; content.
    • v. t Pay (Naut) To cover, as bottom of a vessel, a seam, a spar, etc., with tar or pitch, or waterproof composition of tallow, resin, etc.; to smear.
    • Pay To discharge or fulfill, as a duy; to perform or render duty, as that which has been promised. "This day have I paid my vows."
    • Pay To discharge, as a debt, demand, or obligation, by giving or doing what is due or required; to deliver the amount or value of to the person to whom it is owing; to discharge a debt by delivering (money owed). "Pay me that thou owest.""Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.""If they pay this tax, they starve."
    • v. i Pay To give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt. "The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again."
    • Pay To give or offer, without an implied obligation; as, to pay attention; to pay a visit. "Not paying me a welcome."
    • Pay To satisfy, or content; specifically, to satisfy (another person) for service rendered, property delivered, etc.; to discharge one's obligation to; to make due return to; to compensate; to remunerate; to recompense; to requite; as, to pay workmen or servants. "May no penny ale them pay i. e., satisfy].""She pays me with disdain."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During the time of Peter the Great, any Russian who wore a beard was required to pay a special tax.
    • pay To appease; satisfy; content; please.
    • pay To make satisfaction or amends for.
    • pay To satisfy the claims of; compensate, as for goods, etc., supplied, or for services rendered; recompense; requite; remunerate; reward: as, to pay workmen or servants; to pay one's creditors.
    • pay To discharge, as a debt or an obligation, by giving or doing that which is due: as, to pay taxes; to pay vows.
    • pay To bear; defray: as, who will pay the cost? hence, to defray the expense of: as, to pay one's way in the world.
    • pay To give; deliver; hand over as in discharge of a debt: as, to pay money; to pay the price.
    • pay To give or render, without any sense of obligation: as, to pay attention; to pay court to a woman; to pay a compliment.
    • pay Figuratively, to requite with what is deserved; hence, to punish; chastise; castigate: still in colloquial use.
    • pay To be remunerative to; be advantageous or profitable to; repay.
    • pay Nautical, to cause to fall to leeward, as the head of a ship.
    • pay To make payment or requital; meet one's debts or obligations: as, he pays well or promptly.
    • pay To yield a suitable return or reward, as for outlay, expense, or trouble; be remunerative, profitable, or advantageous: as, litigation does not pay.
    • pay To give equal value for; bear the charge or cost of; give in exchange for.
    • n pay Satisfaction; content; liking; pleasure.
    • n pay Compensation given for services performed; salary or wages; stipend; recompense; hire: as, a soldier's pay and allowances; the men demanded higher pay.
    • n pay Pay-day.
    • n pay Synonyms Wages, etc. See salary.
    • pay Nautical, to coat or cover with tar or pitch, or with a composition of tar, resin, turpentine, tallow, and the like: as, to pay a seam or a rope.
    • n pay In gold-mining, sufficient metal in a vein or bed to pay for working it.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Canada, if a debt is higher than 25 cents, it is illegal to pay it with pennies.
    • v.t Pay to satisfy or set at rest: to discharge, as a debt or a duty: to requite with what is deserved: to reward: to punish: to give, render
    • v.i Pay to recompense: to be worth one's trouble: to be profitable:—pa.t. and pa.p. paid
    • n Pay that which satisfies: money given for service: salary, wages
    • v.t Pay (naut.) to smear with tar, pitch, &c.
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  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Persecution is a tribute the great must always pay for preeminence.”
  • Andrew Jackson
    “You must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.”
  • Spanish Proverb
    Spanish Proverb
    “Take what you want, God said to man, and pay for it.”
  • Jim Rohn
    “For every promise, there is price to pay.”
  • Leona Helmsley
    Leona Helmsley
    “We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes.”
  • Leona Helmsley
    Leona Helmsley
    “Only little people pay taxes.”


Pay on the nail - If you pay on the nail, you pay promptly in cash.
Pay peanuts - If some is paid peanuts, their salary is very low.
Pay the piper - When you pay the piper, you have to accept the consequences of something that you have done wrong or badly.
Pay through the nose - If you pay through the nose for something, you pay a very high price for it.
Pay your dues - If you have paid your dues, you have had your own struggles and earned your place or position.
Rob Peter to pay Paul - If you rob Peter to pay Paul, you try to solve one problem, but create another in doing so, often through short-term planning.
You get what you pay for - Something that is very low in price is not usually of very good quality.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. peier, fr. L. picare, to pitch, pix, pitch: cf. OF. peiz, pitch, F. poix,. See Pitch a black substance
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. through O. Fr. peier (Sp. empegar) from L. picāre, to pitch.


In literature:

You may eat first and pay afterwards, or you may pay first and eat afterwards.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
I remained some time endeavouring to collect my baggage, pretending to pay no attention whatever to the absurd oratory.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
He has no board to pay, and sometimes I haven't money to pay mine.
"Chester Rand" by Horatio Alger, Jr
Annie is the fastest packer in the room and draws the most pay.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
The managers of these stores say that this training pays both the store and its staff of employees.
"The Canadian Girl at Work" by Marjory MacMurchy
I can pay for all I buy.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
Come time to pay rent, 'What you waiting for me to pay rent for?
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
It would pay her much better than sewing, and the children would be companions for Rose.
"Rufus and Rose" by Horatio Alger, Jr
If you won't pay for peace, what will you pay for?
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
The regulated disposal of full-pay, unattached, retired, and half-pay commissions in the army.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth

In poetry:

Till in the screw shaft's stifling dark,
With spent and grasping breath
The U-boat's captain turned at last
To pay his dues to death . . .
"The Ballad Of The Dinkinbar" by Cicely Fox Smith
And what from Memory's stores can rise
That will for care and study pay?
Unless upon that store relies
The Hope that heav'nward wings her way?
"Hope And Memory" by Joanna Baillie
I cannot pay my debt
For all the love that she has given;
But Thou, love's Lord, wilt not forget
Her due reward,—bless her in earth and heaven.
"A Prayer for a Mother's Birthday" by Henry Van Dyke
Who knows the wonders of thy ways?
Who shall fulfil thy boundless praise?
Blest are the souls that fear thee still,
And pay their duty to thy will.
"Psalm 106 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Yes, yes, I could have loved, as one
Who, while his youth's enchantments fall,
Finds something dear to rest upon,
Which pays him for the loss of all.
"Why I Loved You" by Thomas Moore
The eternal gifts of Christ the King,
The Apostles' glorious deeds, we sing;
And while due hymns of praise we pay,
Our thankful hearts cast grief away.
"The Eternal Gifts of Christ the King" by Augusta Treverorum

In news:

New research suggests that knowing how your pay compares to your colleagues' pay may make workers more productive.
Is paying more attention to e-commerce and it's paying off in sales growth, especially in the just-completed third quarter.
Last year, the Legislature also tapped into their take-home pay by deducting 3percent to pay the annual contribution to the Florida Retirement System.
While public employees contribute portions of their pay to fund their retirement benefits, his proposed schedule would be long enough to allow all generations of employees to equally help pay the unfunded liabilities .
Amy Kiel, a co-owner of Hogie Joe's in Thomson, said paying 12 cents per transaction would be a big drop from what she's paying right now.
Maricopa County to pay $45M in hospital pay dispute.
If the contract is approved with a merit-pay provision, Newark would join a number of districts and states tying pay to performance.
"The hardest part was paying" for such services, Ms Iorns said, because universities often don't have a protocol for how to pay for outsourced research.
Men crowd into high- paying fields like engineering, while women dominate lower- paying fields like education and social service.
A tax- paying citizen should be given equal consideration when complying with FAA-required regulations, and not have to pay for the services required by the regulations set forth by the FAA.
Pay the Farmer or Pay the Doctor.
Tuesday is Equal Pay Day across America, a day recognizing an ongoing wage gap among men and women in the US, and Utah has the 3rd largest pay disparity in the country.
No matter how much we gripe about how much we have to pay, we still have to pay.
The rate you pay your internal employees should not be the rate you expect to pay your staffing provider for a similar position, writes S.
Described as a "quick and seamless" payment system, Pay With Square allows customers to pay simply by giving their names.

In science:

As we discussed, the realization of the model we propose is not trivial as we pays the price represented by the use of 2N field modes to replace the quantum walker (that belongs to a Hilbert space of dimension N ).
Simulation of quantum random walks using interference of classical field
This is the optimal tool to analyze e.g. momentum conservation, but the price to pay is that the dual decomposition of x-space gives rise to anisotropic parallelepipeds which change as the sector changes.
Random Matrices and the Anderson Model
Then the factor to pay following (3.71) is ea2 /c with a = λ−1M −j and the covariance c for the zero momentum coefficient is M −2j .
Random Matrices and the Anderson Model
To do this, we will pay attention to the algebraic structure of K ∗ (Tn ).
$C^\ast$-algebras from Anzai flows and their $K$-groups
We pay our attention to tails in the small η and large ξ limit.
Effects of Randomness on Power Law Tails in Multiplicatively Interacting Stochastic Processes