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definition of the word pay

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
pass doing note #548: pay red unto receive

From Middle English payen, from Old French paier, from Latin pacō (to pacify)

Infinitive
to pay

Third person singular
pays

Simple past
paid or payed

Past participle
[[paid or payed]]

Present participle
paying

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

  1. (transitive) To give money in exchange for goods or services.
    He paid him to clean the place up.
  2. (intransitive) To be profitable.
    Crime doesn’t pay.
  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
  5. (intransitive) To discharge an obligation or debt.
    He was allowed to go as soon as he paid.
  6. (intransitive) To suffer consequences.
    He paid for his fun in the sun with a terrible sunburn.


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