pay for (third-person singular simple present pays for, present participle paying for, simple past and past participle paid for)
- To exchange for, especially money for goods or services.
1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 7, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
“ […] if you call my duds a ‘livery’ again there'll be trouble. It's bad enough to go around togged out like a life saver on a drill day, but I can stand that 'cause I'm paid for it. […] ”
I pay for everything with my credit card whenever I can.
- To be punished or held accountable for.
He paid for his wild youth with a lonely old age.
- 1998, Yves Beauchemin, The Second Fiddle (page 383)
- “How nice," she responded to his invitation, “but I've got a blockbuster of a headache. I'm paying for last night. Call me tomorrow, will you?"