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pay /peɪ/ verb (past tense and past participle paid /peɪd/)
pay noun [uncountable]

Irregular Forms: (paid)

جبران کردن ، غرامت دادن کارسازی کردن ، پرداخت کردن ، دستمزد ، پرداختن ، کار سازی داشتن ، بجااوردن ، انجام دادن ، تلافی کردن ، پول دادن ، حقوق ماهیانه ، اجرت ، وابسته به پرداخت ، قانون ـ فقه: حقوق ، بازرگانی: پرداختن ، پرداخت ، پرداختی ، علوم نظامی: دادن
مهندسی صنایع: نیروی انسانی: حقوق ماهیانه

[TahlilGaran] Persian Dictionary

- reimburse, compensate, give, recompense, remit, remunerate, requite, reward, settle
- give, bestow, extend, grant, hand out, present
- benefit, be worthwhile, repay
- be profitable, make a return, make money
- yield, bring in, produce, return
- wages, allowance, earnings, fee, income, payment, recompense, reimbursement, remuneration, reward, salary, stipend
Related Idioms: make up for
Related Words: indemnify, recompense, satisfy, cough (up), plunk down, pony (up), pungle (up), remit, render, tender, pay off
English Thesaurus: pay, meet the cost of something, foot the bill, pick up the tab, fork out/shell out, ...

[TahlilGaran] English Synonym Dictionary

I. pay1 S1 W1 /peɪ/ verb (past tense and past participle paid /peɪd/)
[Word Family: noun: pay, payment, repayment, payer, payee; verb: pay, repay, underpayoverpay; adjective: paid ≠ unpaid, underpaidoverpaid, payable]
[Date: 1100-1200; Language: Old French; Origin: paier, from Latin pacere 'to make calm or peaceful', from pax; peace]

1. GIVE MONEY [intransitive and transitive] to give someone money for something you buy or for a service:
How would you like to pay?
pay for
Mum paid for my driving lessons.
pay (in) cash
You’d get a discount for paying cash.
pay by cheque/credit card
Can I pay by credit card?
pay somebody for something
He didn’t even offer to pay me for the ticket.
pay somebody to do something
Ray paid some kids to wash the car.
pay somebody something
I paid him $5 to cut the grass.
pay (somebody) in dollars/euros etc
He wanted to be paid in dollars.
The object of pay can be the person you give money to or the amount of money you give:
I’ll pay you in advance.
I’ve already paid £700.
Do not use pay followed directly by a noun referring to the thing you are buying. Use pay (an amount of money) for something:
I’ll pay for the tickets.
I paid £100 for this jacket.

2. BILL/TAX/RENT [transitive] to pay money that you owe to a person, company etc:
I forgot to pay the gas bill!
You pay tax at the basic rate.
Is it okay if I pay you what I owe you next week?

3. WAGE/SALARY [intransitive and transitive] to give someone money for the job they do:
How much do they pay you?
pay somebody $100 a day/£200 a week etc
They’re only paid about £4 an hour.
Some lawyers get paid over $400 an hour.
be paid weekly/monthly (also get paid weekly/monthly)
We get paid weekly on Fridays.
well/badly/poorly paid
Many of the workers are very badly paid.
paid work (=work you are paid to do)
paid holiday/leave (=time when you are not working but are still paid)

4. pay attention (to somebody/something) to watch, listen to, or think about someone or something carefully:
I’m sorry, I wasn’t paying attention to what you were saying.
They paid no attention to (=ignored) him.

5. LEGAL COST [transitive] to give money to someone because you are ordered to by a court as part of a legal case:
She had to pay a £35 fine for speeding.
pay (something in) compensation/damages (=give someone money because you have done something against them)
The company were forced to pay £5,000 in compensation.
Martins was ordered to pay court costs of £1,500.

6. SAY SOMETHING GOOD [transitive] to say something good or polite about or to someone:
The minister paid tribute to the work of the emergency services.
I came by to pay my respects (=visit or send a polite greeting to someone) to Mrs Owens.
I was just trying to pay her a compliment.

7. GOOD RESULT [intransitive] if a particular action pays, it brings a good result or advantage for you:
Crime doesn’t pay.
It pays to get some professional advice before you make a decision.
It would pay you to ask if there are any jobs going at the London office.
Getting some qualifications now will pay dividends (=bring a lot of advantages) in the long term.

8. PROFIT [intransitive] if a shop or business pays, it makes a profit:
If the pub doesn’t start to pay, we’ll have to sell it.
The farm just manages to pay its way (=make as much profit as it costs to run).

9. pay the penalty/price to experience something unpleasant because you have done something wrong, made a mistake etc
pay the penalty/price for (doing) something
Williams is now paying the price for his early mistakes.

10. pay (somebody) a call/visit to visit a person or place:
I decided to pay my folks a visit.
pay (somebody) a call/visit to
If you have time, pay a visit to the City Art Gallery.

11. put paid to something British English to stop something from happening or spoil plans for something:
Bad exam results put paid to his hopes of a university place.

12. BE PUNISHED [intransitive] to suffer or be punished for something you have done wrong:
I’ll make him pay!
pay for
They paid dearly for their mistakes.

13. pay your way to pay for everything that you want without having to depend on anyone else for money:
Sofia worked to pay her way through college.

14. pay for itself if something you buy pays for itself, the money it saves over a period of time is as much as the product cost to buy:
A new boiler would pay for itself within two years.

15. the devil/hell to pay used to say that someone will be in a lot of trouble about something:
If the boss finds out you were late again, there’s going to be hell to pay.

16. pay through the nose (for something) spoken to pay much more for something than it is really worth

17. somebody has paid their debt to society used to say that someone who has done something illegal has been fully punished for it

18. pay court (to somebody) old-fashioned to treat someone, especially a woman, carefully and with respect, so that they will like you or help you

19. he who pays the piper calls the tune old-fashioned used to say that the person who gives the money for something can decide how it will be used
pay lip service to at lip service, ⇒ pay your dues at due2(2)

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Contemporary English

II. pay2 S1 W2 noun [uncountable]
[Word Family: noun: pay, payment, repayment, payer, payee; verb: pay, repay, underpayoverpay; adjective: paid ≠ unpaid, underpaidoverpaid, payable]

1. money that you are given for doing your job:
Staff have been working without pay for the last month.
The tax is deducted from your pay every week.
He was suspended on full pay until the hearing.

2. in the pay of somebody written someone who is in someone else’s pay is working for them, often secretly:
an informer in the pay of the police

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Contemporary English

ADJ. monthly, weekly | full, half He has taken leave on half pay.
high | low, poor workers on low pay
equal equal pay for men and women
basic | gross | take-home the average take-home pay of a manual worker
holiday | maternity | overtime | redundancy, severance | unemployment | sick, sickness | back The workers are demanding their back pay.
merit, performance, performance-related | profit-related
QUANT. level, rate The job offers good rates of pay and excellent conditions.
VERB + PAY get | give sb
PAY + NOUN day | cheque, packet the money in my weekly pay packet
slip | increase, rise | cut | freeze | claim, demand | bargaining, negotiations | agreement, award, deal, offer, settlement | dispute, strike | levels, rates industrial unrest over pay levels in the public sector
scale, structure He's at the top of his company's pay scale.
PREP. on … ~ Women are eligible for 18 weeks maternity leave on full pay.
with ~ holidays with pay
without ~ He has been suspended without pay.
PHRASES a cut/an increase/a reduction in pay

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary

ADV. handsomely, well She pays her workers very well.
gladly I would gladly pay for the extra security such a scheme would bring.
up I had a hard time getting him to pay up.
VERB + PAY have to, must | be able/unable to, can/can't, can/can't afford to help for those genuinely unable to pay Protesters against the tax carried banners reading ‘Can't pay! Won't pay!’
expect (sb) to You can expect to pay upwards of £200 a night at this exclusive hotel.
be liable to It is for the courts to decide who is liable to pay damages.
be ordered to, be required to The company was ordered to pay the five workers £5,000 in compensation each.
agree to, be prepared to, be willing to, offer to, promise to | fail to, neglect to He was made bankrupt for failing to pay debts totalling over £2 million.
refuse to | help (to) The revenue will be used to help pay for environmental improvements.
get sb to, make sb If Mac had killed Caroline, then he was going to make him pay the price.
let sb She wouldn't let me pay for my ticket.
PREP. for How much did you pay for your new car?
to We pay £200 a week to our landlord.
PHRASES ability to pay Taxation should be based on ability to pay.

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary


pay £10/$50 etc
I only paid ten pounds for it.
pay (in) cash
You have to pay in cash for the tickets.
pay by cheque
I filled up with petrol and then paid by cheque.
pay by credit card
The hotel does not charge more if you pay by credit card.
pay in dollars/euros etc
American exporters want to be paid in dollars.
pay handsomely (=pay a lot of money)
Customers are willing to pay handsomely for anti-ageing cosmetic products.
pay somebody £200 a week/$100 a day etc
The cleaners are paid £5 an hour.
be paid by the hour/day/week
I was working on a building site, being paid by the hour.
be paid weekly/monthly
Most of us get paid weekly or monthly.
Teachers here are well-paid.
a highly-paid football player
For a long time I didn’t realise how badly-paid and overworked I was.

[TahlilGaran] Collocations Dictionary

BAD: Very few office workers get a good pay.
GOOD: Very few office workers get good pay.

Usage Note:
Pay is an uncountable noun: 'They've given him a week's leave without pay.'

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Common Errors

BAD: 'Who paid the tickets?' I asked.
GOOD: 'Who paid for the tickets?' I asked.

Usage Note:
pay (an amount of money) for sth : 'Let me pay for the meal this time.' 'I can't afford to pay $200 for a suit.' 'How much did she pay for the car?'

[TahlilGaran] Dictionary of Common Errors

See: devil to pay

[TahlilGaran] English Idioms Dictionary

TahlilGaran Online Dictionary ver 14.0
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