See also: Pay and páy

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Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English payen, from Old French paiier (pay), from Medieval Latin pācāre (to settle, satisfy) from Latin pācāre (to pacify). In this sense, displaced native Old English ġield (pay) and ġieldan (to pay), whence Modern English yield.

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pay (third-person singular simple present pays, present participle paying, simple past and past participle paid or (obsolete) payed)

  1. (transitive) To give money or other compensation to in exchange for goods or services.
    he paid him to clean the place up
    he paid her off the books and in kind where possible
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XVII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      This time was most dreadful for Lilian. Thrown on her own resources and almost penniless, she maintained herself and paid the rent of a wretched room near the hospital by working as a charwoman, sempstress, anything.
    • 2012, BioWare, Mass Effect 3, Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →OCLC, PC, scene: Normandy SR-2:
      Admiral Hackett: You can pay a soldier to fire a gun. You can pay him to charge the enemy. But you can't pay him to believe.
    • 2013 June 21, Oliver Burkeman, “The tao of tech”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 2, page 48:
      The dirty secret of the internet is that all this distraction and interruption is immensely profitable. Web companies like to boast about [] and so on. But the real way to build a successful online business is to be better than your rivals at undermining people's control of their own attention. Partly, this is a result of how online advertising has traditionally worked: advertisers pay for clicks, and a click is a click, however it's obtained.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To discharge, as a debt or other obligation, by giving or doing what is due or required.
    she offered to pay the bill
    he has paid his debt to society
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], →OCLC, Psalms 37:21:
      The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again.
    • 1594, William Shakespeare, Lucrece (First Quarto)‎[1], London: [] Richard Field, for Iohn Harrison, [], →OCLC:
      The petty ſtreames that paie a dailie det / To their ſalt ſoveraigne with their freſh fals haſt, / Adde to his flowe, but alter not his taſt.
    • 2013 June 22, “T time”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8841, page 68:
      Yet in “Through a Latte, Darkly”, a new study of how Starbucks has largely avoided paying tax in Britain, Edward Kleinbard […] shows that current tax rules make it easy for all sorts of firms to generate what he calls “stateless income”: […]. In Starbucks’s case, the firm has in effect turned the process of making an expensive cup of coffee into intellectual property.
  3. (transitive) To be profitable for.
    It didn't pay him to keep the store open any more.
  4. (transitive) To give (something else than money).
    to pay attention
    • c. 1595–1596 (date written), William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act V, scene i]:
      not paying me a welcome
    • 1909, Archibald Marshall [pseudonym; Arthur Hammond Marshall], “A Court Ball”, in The Squire’s Daughter, New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, published 1919, →OCLC, page 9:
      They stayed together during three dances, went out on to the terrace, explored wherever they were permitted to explore, paid two visits to the buffet, and enjoyed themselves much in the same way as if they had been school-children surreptitiously breaking loose from an assembly of grown-ups.
  5. (intransitive) To be profitable or worth the effort.
    crime doesn’t pay
    it will pay to wait
  6. (intransitive) To discharge an obligation or debt.
    He was allowed to go as soon as he paid.
  7. (intransitive) To suffer consequences.
    He paid for his fun in the sun with a terrible sunburn.
  8. (transitive) To admit that a joke, punchline, etc., was funny.
    • 1996, Jon Byrell, Lairs, Urgers and Coat-Tuggers, Sydney: Ironbark, page 294:
      Sutho took a pull at his Johnny Walker and Coke and laughed that trademark laugh of his and said: `Okay. I'll pay that all right.'
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Hyponyms of pay (to give money)
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Descendants edit
  • Sranan Tongo: paysa
  • Scottish Gaelic: pàigh
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Noun edit

pay (countable and uncountable, plural pays)

  1. Money given in return for work; salary or wages.
    Many employers have rules designed to keep employees from comparing their pays.
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Adjective edit

pay (not comparable)

  1. Operable or accessible on deposit of coins.
    pay toilet
  2. Pertaining to or requiring payment.
    pay television
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Etymology 2 edit

Old French peier, from Latin picare (to cover with pitch).

Verb edit

pay (third-person singular simple present pays, present participle paying, simple past and past participle payed or paid)

  1. (nautical, transitive) To cover (the bottom of a vessel, a seam, a spar, etc.) with tar or pitch, or a waterproof composition of tallow, resin, etc.; to smear.
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Anguthimri edit

Noun edit

pay

  1. (Mpakwithi) forehead
  2. (Mpakwithi) face

References edit

  • Terry Crowley, The Mpakwithi dialect of Anguthimri (1981), page 187

Azerbaijani edit

Other scripts
Cyrillic пај
Abjad پای

Etymology edit

According to Nişanyan, from Persianپای(pây, foot), with the sense ”share” originating from the Persian expression borrowed into Old Anatolian Turkishبای برابر(pây-berâber, equally, to the same proportion, literally equal foot). The word is present in its modern sense in XIVth century Book of Dede Korkut. The non-Oghuz Turkic cognates, such as Kirgiz and Yakut пай (pay, share) are, according to Nişanyan, a borrowing from the Ottoman Turkishپای⁩, via Russian пай (paj). However it is more possibly borrowed from Middle Chinese (pʰaiH) as early as 7th century and inherited by later Turkic languages.

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Noun edit

pay (definite accusative payı, plural paylar)

  1. share
  2. portion

Declension edit

    Declension of pay
singular plural
nominative pay
paylar
definite accusative payı
payları
dative paya
paylara
locative payda
paylarda
ablative paydan
paylardan
definite genitive payın
payların
    Possessive forms of pay
nominative
singular plural
mənim (my) payım paylarım
sənin (your) payın payların
onun (his/her/its) payı payları
bizim (our) payımız paylarımız
sizin (your) payınız paylarınız
onların (their) payı or payları payları
accusative
singular plural
mənim (my) payımı paylarımı
sənin (your) payını paylarını
onun (his/her/its) payını paylarını
bizim (our) payımızı paylarımızı
sizin (your) payınızı paylarınızı
onların (their) payını or paylarını paylarını
dative
singular plural
mənim (my) payıma paylarıma
sənin (your) payına paylarına
onun (his/her/its) payına paylarına
bizim (our) payımıza paylarımıza
sizin (your) payınıza paylarınıza
onların (their) payına or paylarına paylarına
locative
singular plural
mənim (my) payımda paylarımda
sənin (your) payında paylarında
onun (his/her/its) payında paylarında
bizim (our) payımızda paylarımızda
sizin (your) payınızda paylarınızda
onların (their) payında or paylarında paylarında
ablative
singular plural
mənim (my) payımdan paylarımdan
sənin (your) payından paylarından
onun (his/her/its) payından paylarından
bizim (our) payımızdan paylarımızdan
sizin (your) payınızdan paylarınızdan
onların (their) payından or paylarından paylarından
genitive
singular plural
mənim (my) payımın paylarımın
sənin (your) payının paylarının
onun (his/her/its) payının paylarının
bizim (our) payımızın paylarımızın
sizin (your) payınızın paylarınızın
onların (their) payının or paylarının paylarının

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Cebuano edit

Etymology edit

From English pi, Ancient Greek πεῖ (peî).

Pronunciation edit

  • Hyphenation: pay

Noun edit

pay

  1. the name of the sixteenth letter of the Classical and Modern Greek alphabets and the seventeenth in Old Greek
  2. (mathematics) an irrational and transcendental constant representing the ratio of the circumference of a Euclidean circle to its diameter; approximately 3.14159265358979323846264338327950; usually written π

Epigraphic Mayan edit

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pay

  1. to guide

Jakaltek edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-Mayan *pahar.

Noun edit

pay

  1. skunk

References edit

  • Church, Clarence; Church, Katherine (1955) Vocabulario castellano-jacalteco, jacalteco-castellano[2] (in Spanish), Guatemala C. A.: Instituto Lingüístico de Verano, pages 65; 39

Kalasha edit

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pay

  1. A goat

Komo edit

Noun edit

pay

  1. moon

References edit

  • RWC Workshop (eds.). 2015. Komo – English Dictionary. SIL International.

Limos Kalinga edit

Adverb edit

pay

  1. too

Northern Kurdish edit

Etymology edit

From Turkish pay.

Pronunciation edit

Noun edit

pay ?

  1. share

Old Galician-Portuguese edit

Etymology edit

From padre, from Latin patrem (father), from Proto-Indo-European *ph₂tḗr.

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Noun edit

pay m

  1. (hypocoristic, usually childish) papa, dad, father

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Descendants edit

  • Galician: pai
  • Portuguese: pai (see there for further descendants)

Portuguese edit

Noun edit

pay m (plural pays)

  1. Obsolete spelling of pai

Quechua edit

Pronunciation edit

Pronoun edit

pay

  1. he, she, it

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Sierra Negra Nahuatl edit

Noun edit

pay

  1. father

Spanish edit

Etymology edit

Borrowed from English pie.

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈpai/ [ˈpai̯]
  • Rhymes: -ai
  • Syllabification: pay

Noun edit

pay m (plural pays)

  1. (Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru) pie (food)
  2. (Panama, slang, by analogy from sense 1) A highly attractive person, typically, but not exclusively, referring to a female; a bombshell. (Compare English snack)

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Tausug edit

Etymology edit

From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *pajay.

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pāy

  1. rice (with husk)

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Turkish edit

Etymology edit

Ultimately from Middle Chinese (to hand out, distribute).

Pronunciation edit

  • IPA(key): [paj]
  • Hyphenation: pay

Noun edit

pay (definite accusative payı, plural paylar)

  1. portion
  2. (arithmetic) numerator

Declension edit

Inflection
Nominative pay
Definite accusative payı
Singular Plural
Nominative pay paylar
Definite accusative payı payları
Dative paya paylara
Locative payda paylarda
Ablative paydan paylardan
Genitive payın payların
Possessive forms
Nominative
Singular Plural
1st singular payım paylarım
2nd singular payın payların
3rd singular payı payları
1st plural payımız paylarımız
2nd plural payınız paylarınız
3rd plural payları payları
Definite accusative
Singular Plural
1st singular payımı paylarımı
2nd singular payını paylarını
3rd singular payını paylarını
1st plural payımızı paylarımızı
2nd plural payınızı paylarınızı
3rd plural paylarını paylarını
Dative
Singular Plural
1st singular payıma paylarıma
2nd singular payına paylarına
3rd singular payına paylarına
1st plural payımıza paylarımıza
2nd plural payınıza paylarınıza
3rd plural paylarına paylarına
Locative
Singular Plural
1st singular payımda paylarımda
2nd singular payında paylarında
3rd singular payında paylarında
1st plural payımızda paylarımızda
2nd plural payınızda paylarınızda
3rd plural paylarında paylarında
Ablative
Singular Plural
1st singular payımdan paylarımdan
2nd singular payından paylarından
3rd singular payından paylarından
1st plural payımızdan paylarımızdan
2nd plural payınızdan paylarınızdan
3rd plural paylarından paylarından
Genitive
Singular Plural
1st singular payımın paylarımın
2nd singular payının paylarının
3rd singular payının paylarının
1st plural payımızın paylarımızın
2nd plural payınızın paylarınızın
3rd plural paylarının paylarının

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