Synonyms of pay in English:

pay


See definition of pay

verb

1‘I must pay him for his work’

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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’

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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’

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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’

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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 someone back

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


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    pay something back

    ‘they did eventually pay me back the money’


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    pay someone off

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


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


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    pay for

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


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    informal


    North American informal


    pay someone out

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


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    pay off

    ‘his hard work paid off’


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    pay something off

    ‘you use the proceeds to pay off your loan’


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    pay something out

    ‘she had to pay out £300 for treatment’


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    informal


    pay up

    ‘he has been allowed a week to pay up’


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    informal


    British informal


    ANTONYMS

    withhold