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Synonyms for pay
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wage, pay, earnings, remuneration, salary(verb)

    something that remunerates

    "wages were paid by check"; "he wasted his pay on drink"; "they saved a quarter of all their earnings"

    Synonyms:
    profit, salary, lucre, wage, net income, earnings, profits, net, net profit, remuneration

  2. pay(verb)

    give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

    "I paid four dollars for this sandwich"; "Pay the waitress, please"

    Synonyms:
    ante up, pay up, give, devote, yield, make up, compensate, pay off, bear

  3. give, pay(verb)

    convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow

    "Don't pay him any mind"; "give the orders"; "Give him my best regards"; "pay attention"

    Synonyms:
    make up, commit, chip in, dedicate, cave in, collapse, impart, compensate, pass on, move over, return, establish, reach, present, have, fall in, make, throw, ante up, gift, kick in, feed, break, ease up, apply, give, grant, open, founder, devote, pay up, hold, pass, render, sacrifice, yield, turn over, leave, give way, consecrate, generate, contribute, afford, pay off, hand, bear

  4. pay up, ante up, pay(verb)

    cancel or discharge a debt

    "pay up, please!"

    Synonyms:
    ante up, pay up, give, yield, make up, compensate, pay off, devote, bear

  5. yield, pay, bear(verb)

    bring in

    "interest-bearing accounts"; "How much does this savings certificate pay annually?"

    Synonyms:
    digest, abide, succumb, comport, tolerate, deliver, make up, compensate, behave, move over, return, endure, hold, put up, concede, have, expect, give in, deport, give way, assume, give, stick out, take over, ante up, pay up, ease up, carry, cede, grant, knuckle under, support, devote, birth, relent, buckle under, render, have a bun in the oven, soften, acquit, brook, yield, turn out, conduct, suffer, contain, stand, gestate, stomach, generate, accept, afford, pay off, give birth, wear, bear

  6. pay, pay off, make up, compensate(verb)

    do or give something to somebody in return

    "Does she pay you for the work you are doing?"

    Synonyms:
    even off, right, get, liquidate, make up, compensate, patch up, recompense, cover, fix, remunerate, even out, fabricate, pay back, make, be, redeem, ante up, reconcile, correct, invent, counterbalance, give, overcompensate, catch up with, manufacture, devote, pay up, represent, conciliate, comprise, even up, repair, yield, cook up, buy off, indemnify, redress, constitute, pay off, settle, bear

  7. give, pay, devote(verb)

    dedicate

    "give thought to"; "give priority to"; "pay attention to"

    Synonyms:
    make up, commit, chip in, dedicate, cave in, collapse, impart, compensate, pass on, move over, return, establish, reach, present, have, fall in, make, throw, ante up, gift, kick in, feed, break, ease up, apply, give, grant, open, founder, devote, pay up, hold, pass, render, sacrifice, yield, turn over, leave, give way, consecrate, generate, contribute, afford, pay off, hand, bear

  8. pay(verb)

    be worth it

    "It pays to go through the trouble"

    Synonyms:
    ante up, pay up, give, devote, yield, make up, compensate, pay off, bear

  9. pay(verb)

    render

    "pay a visit"; "pay a call"

    Synonyms:
    ante up, pay up, give, devote, yield, make up, compensate, pay off, bear

  10. pay(verb)

    bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action

    "You'll pay for this!"; "She had to pay the penalty for speaking out rashly"; "You'll pay for this opinion later"

    Synonyms:
    ante up, pay up, give, devote, yield, make up, compensate, pay off, bear

  11. pay(verb)

    make a compensation for

    "a favor that cannot be paid back"

    Synonyms:
    ante up, pay up, give, devote, yield, make up, compensate, pay off, bear

  12. pay(verb)

    discharge or settle

    "pay a debt"; "pay an obligation"

    Synonyms:
    ante up, pay up, give, devote, yield, make up, compensate, pay off, bear

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pay(n)

    An allowance is a stipulated amount furnished at regular intervals as a matter of discretion or gratuity, as of food to besieged soldiers, or of money to a child or ward. Compensation is a comprehensive word signifying a return for a service done. Remuneration is applied to matters of great amount or importance. Recompense is a still wider and loftier word, with less suggestion of calculation and market value; there are services for which affection and gratitude are the sole and sufficient recompense; earnings, fees, hire, pay, salary, and wages are forms of compensation and may be included in compensation, remuneration, or recompense. Pay is commercial and strictly signifies an exact pecuniary equivalent for a thing or service, except when the contrary is expressly stated, as when we speak of "high pay" or "poor pay." Wages denotes what a worker receives. Earnings is often used as exactly equivalent to wages, but may be used with reference to the real value of work done or service rendered, and even applied to inanimate things; as, the earnings of capital. Hire is distinctly mercenary or menial, but as a noun has gone out of popular use, tho the verb to hire is common. Salary is for literary or professional work, wages for handicraft or other comparatively inferior service; a salary is regarded as more permanent than wages; an editor receives a salary, a compositor receives wages. Stipend has become exclusively a literary word. A fee is given for a single service or privilege, and is sometimes in the nature of a gratuity. Compare REQUITE.

    Synonyms:
    allowance, compensation, earnings, fee, hire, honorarium, payment, recompense, remuneration, requital, salary, stipend, wages

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. pay(n)

    Synonyms:
    wages, salary, stipend, recompense, payment

  2. pay(r)

    Synonyms:
    compensate, remunerate, satisfy, discharge, expend, disburse, requite, liquidate

    Antonyms:
    deprive, defraud, exact, dissatisfy, hoard, retain, invest, fund

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. pay(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    discharge, settle, liquidate, cash

  2. pay(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    compensate, recompense, requite, remunerate, reward, make payment to

  3. pay(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    punish, take revenge upon, retort upon

  4. pay(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    (Naut.) smear (with tar or pitch)

  5. pay(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    make compensation

  6. pay(v. n.)

    Synonyms:
    be profitable, be remunerative, make a good return, be a good investment, give a good interest

  7. pay(n.)

    Synonyms:
    compensation, recompense, remuneration, reward, requital, wages, salary, stipend, hire, allowance

How to use pay in a sentence?

  1. President Obama:

    I gotta pay our bills.

  2. Dan Bolser:

    Pay? I've forgotten how!

  3. Prime Minister Hun Sen:

    We have to pay the price.

  4. Donald Trump:

    It’s called pay for play.

  5. Jennifer Aniston:

    [I] just don't pay attention.

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