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Synonyms of pay in English:


  • 1 I want to pay him for his work
    reward, reimburse, recompense, give payment to, remunerate
  • 2 Tom must pay a few more dollars
    informal lay out, shell out, fork out, cough up
  • 3 he paid his debts
  • 4 hard work will pay dividends
    yield, return, produce
  • 5 he made the buses pay
    be profitable, make money, make a profit
  • 6 it doesn't pay to get involved
    be advantageous, be of advantage, be beneficial, benefit
  • 7 paying compliments
    bestow, grant, give, offer
  • 8 he will pay for his mistakes
    suffer, suffer the consequences, be punished, atone, pay the penalty/price
  • noun

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  • 1 equal pay for women
    earnings, remuneration, reimbursement, income, revenue
    formal emolument(s)
  • Phrases

    pay back
  • 1.1 she has sworn to pay him back for his philandering
    get one's revenge on, be revenged on, avenge oneself on, get back at, get even with, settle accounts with, exact retribution on
  • 2.1 they eventually paid back the money
    repay, pay off, give back, return, reimburse, refund
  • pay for
    I'll pay for dinner
    fund, finance, defray the cost of, settle up for, treat someone to
    informal foot the bill for, shell out for, fork out for, cough up for, ante up for, pony up for
    pay off
  • 1.1 he was busted for trying to pay off a cop
    bribe, suborn, buy (off)
    informal grease someone's palm
  • 2.1 she paid off the car loan in less than a year
    pay (in full), settle, discharge, clear, liquidate
  • 3.1 his hard work paid off
    meet with success, be successful, be effective, get results
  • pay out
    how much did you have to pay out for that bike?
    spend, expend, dish out, put up, part with, hand over
    informal shell out, fork out/up, lay out, cough up
    pay up
    you have one more week to pay up
    make payment, settle up, pay (in full)
    informal cough up
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