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verb pay pronunciation in British English /peɪ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theypay
he/she/itpays
present participlepaying
past tensepaid
past participlepaid
 
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to give money in order to buy something
    pay for:

    Let me pay for dinner.

    pay someone for something:

    Can I pay you for this?

    pay by:

    Will you be paying by cash, cheque, or credit card?

    pay with:

    I'd like to pay with my card.

    pay in dollars/pounds etc:

    Can I pay in dollars?

    pay (in) cash:

    There's a reduction if you pay cash.

    pay the bill:

    Can I pay the bill, please?

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to give money to someone who does a job for you
      pay someone for something:

      We still haven't paid them for the repairs to the roof.

      pay someone to do something:

      We had to pay them over £100 to sort it out.

      pay to have/get something done:

      Now I'll have to pay to get the car fixed.

    2. b.
      [intransitive/transitive] to give a company, institution etc money that you owe them

      We'll probably pay more in tax this year.

      Did you pay the gas bill?

    3. c.
      [transitive] to give someone their salary

      Some of the workers haven't been paid for weeks.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if a job pays a particular amount of money, you get that amount for doing it

    She was in a job paying over £60,000 a year.

    My new job pays well.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] if a business pays, it earns money

      We have a lot of hard work ahead if we're going to make the business pay.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to have a good result
    it pays to do something:

    It pays to cover the pool to keep out falling leaves.

    it pays someone to do something:

    It would pay you to get it properly checked.

    crime doesn't pay:

    The message you get from the film is simple: crime doesn't pay.

  4. 4
    [intransitive] to suffer because of something that you have done

    It was an outrage, and somebody was going to pay.

    pay for:

    They had made him look like a fool and now they were going to pay for it.

    pay dearly for something (=suffer a lot because of something):

    We may pay dearly for our arrogance.

    make someone pay (for something):

    She had ruined his life and now he was going to make her pay.

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