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

  1. 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.
  2. 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?"

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