Synonyms of pay in English:

pay


See definition of pay

verb

1‘I must pay him for his work’

SYNONYMS
reward, reimburse, recompense, give payment to, settle up with, remunerate, tip, indemnify

2‘the public would prefer to pay a few pounds more council tax’

SYNONYMS
spend, expend, pay out, lay out, part with, disburse, hand over, remit, render
informal dish out, shell out, fork out, cough up
North American informal ante up, pony up

3‘the company was unable to pay its debts’

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discharge, settle, pay off, pay in full, meet, clear, square, defray, honour, satisfy, make good, liquidate

4‘our reputation for quality and service will pay dividends’

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yield, pay out, return, produce, bring in
informal rake in

5‘he has made the buses pay’

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be profitable, make money, make a profit, be remunerative, make a return, provide a living

6‘it may pay you to drop all your sails while you anchor’

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be advantageous to, benefit, be of advantage to, be of benefit to, be beneficial to, be profitable to, be worthwhile to, repay, serve

7‘he had always found it difficult to pay Martha compliments’

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bestow, present, grant, give, hand out, extend, offer, proffer, render, afford

8‘I'll make him pay for his mistakes’

SYNONYMS
suffer, suffer the consequences, be punished, pay a penalty, atone, make atonement, pay the price, get one's deserts, take one's medicine
informal get one's comeuppance

noun

1‘equal pay for women’

SYNONYMS
salary, wages, wage, take-home pay, gross pay, net pay, payment
earnings, fee, fees, remuneration, stipend, emolument, emoluments, honorarium, allowance, handout, handouts, recompense, compensation, reimbursement, reward, income, revenue, profit, profits, proceeds, takings, gain, lucre

Phrases

    pay something back

    ‘they did eventually pay me back the money’


    SYNONYMS

    repay, pay off, give back, return, remunerate, compensate, make amends to, make restitution to, reimburse, recoup, refund, restore, make good, indemnify, requite

    pay someone back

    ‘I'll pay you back for what you've done!’


    SYNONYMS

    get one's revenge on, be revenged on, revenge oneself on, give someone their just deserts, reciprocate, punish, avenge oneself on, hit back at, get back at, get, get even with, settle a score with, settle the score with, settle accounts with, pay someone out, retaliate against, take reprisals against, exact retribution on

    let someone see how it feels, give someone a taste of their own medicine

    pay for

    ‘he had just enough money to pay for the meal’


    SYNONYMS

    defray the cost of, settle up for

    finance, endow, donate money for, leave money for

    support, back, stake, fund, capitalize, provide capital for, provide finance for, furnish credit for, subsidize, sponsor

    treat someone to

    informal

    foot the bill for, shell out for, fork out for, cough up for

    North American informal

    ante up for, pony up for

    pay someone off

    1‘the taxi had gone before Tunney could pay off the driver’


    SYNONYMS

    pay what one owes

    dismiss, discharge

    2‘arrangements were made to pay off the police and hush it all up’


    SYNONYMS

    bribe, suborn, buy, buy off, get at, induce, lure, entice, grease someone's palm, oil someone's hand, oil someone's palm

    pay something off

    ‘you use the proceeds to pay off your loan’


    SYNONYMS

    pay in full, pay, settle, discharge, meet, clear, square, honour, satisfy, make good, liquidate

    pay off

    ‘his hard work paid off’


    SYNONYMS

    meet with success, be successful, succeed, be effective, work, get results, be profitable

    pay someone out

    ‘this was to pay Emma out, to make her feel guilty’


    SYNONYMS

    get one's revenge on, be revenged on, revenge oneself on, repay, give someone their just deserts, reciprocate, punish, avenge oneself on, hit back at, get back at, get, get even with, settle a score with, settle the score with, settle accounts with, pay someone back, retaliate against, retaliate on, take reprisals against, exact retribution on

    let someone see how it feels, give someone a taste of their own medicine

    pay up

    ‘he has been allowed a week to pay up’


    SYNONYMS

    make payment, pay, settle up, pay in full, meet one's obligations, come up with the money

    informal

    fork out, fork up, come across, cough up

    British informal

    stump up

    ANTONYMS

    withhold

    pay something out

    ‘she had to pay out £300 for treatment’


    SYNONYMS

    spend, expend, pay, lay out, put up, part with, hand over, remit, furnish, supply, disburse, contribute, give, donate, invest, advance, pledge

    informal

    dish out, shell out, fork out, fork up, cough up