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parts of speech:
noun, adjective, verb
pay back, pay off
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part of speech: noun
definition: money or something else of value that is given for work.
The workers get their pay every two weeks.
compensation, salary, wage
similar words:
fee, tip
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part of speech: adjective
definition: needing payment of money to work.
I used the pay phone at the store.
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part of speech: verb
inflections: pays, paying, paid
definition 1: to give money to (a person or business) in exchange for things or services.
The company pays the employees every Friday.We paid a plumber to fix the bathroom pipes.
definition 2: to give money in exchange for receiving something.
He paid his electricity bill.
definition 3: to be worth doing or be good for you.
It pays to work hard.Crime does not pay.
similar words:
assist, help, serve
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phrase: pay back
phrase: pay off
derivations: payee (n.), payer (n.)
Word History
The word pay goes back to a Latin word that means "to keep peaceful or satisfied." By the Middle Ages, "pay" meant "satisfy someone to whom you owe money."
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  • paycheck:
    payment of your wages in the form of a check.
  • payday:
    the day when you get paid at work.
  • pay stub:
    part of your paycheck that you keep. It shows how much you earned and deductions
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  bank, business, money, tax, work