There are 2 translations of pay in Spanish:

pay1

(past & past p paid)
Pronunciation: /peɪ/

vt

[Fin]
  • 1 1.1 [tax/rent] pagar*; [amount/fees] pagar*, abonar [formal]; [bill] pagar*, saldar; [debt] pagar*, saldar, cancelar I paid the amount in full pagué or [formal] aboné el importe en su totalidad this account pays 8% interest esta cuenta da or produce un interés del 8%to pay sth for sth/to + inf how much did you pay for the painting? ¿cuánto te costó el cuadro?, ¿cuánto pagaste por el cuadro? I paid a fortune to have it cleaned me costó un dineral hacerlo limpiar, me cobraron un dineral por limpiarloto pay sth into sth they pay my salary directly into the bank me depositan or (esp Esp) me ingresan el sueldo directamente en el banco paid pagado 1.2 [employee/creditor/tradesperson] pagarle* a they still haven't paid the builders todavía no les han pagado a los albañiles you'll have to wait until I get paid vas a tener que esperar hasta que cobre or me paguen we're paid by the hour nos pagan por horas I wouldn't eat in that restaurant if you paid me yo no comería en ese restaurante ni aunque me pagasen to pay sb for sth pagarle* algo a algn when are you going to pay me for the tickets? ¿cuándo me vas a pagar las entradas? I paid him £20 for the table le di 20 libras por la mesa he was handsomely paid for his services fue generosamente retribuido por sus servicios to pay one's way he paid his way through college se pagó or se costeó él mismo los estudios I've never lived off him, I've always paid my own way nunca he vivido a costa de él, siempre he pagado lo que me correspondía
  • 2 [respects] presentar; [attention] prestar to pay sb a visit o call hacerle* una visita a algn I must pay a visit o a call before we leave (BrE) [colloq & euph] tengo que pasar al baño antes de irnos compliment1 1 heed1 homage etc

vi

  • 1 (with money) 1.1 [person] pagar* she paid in advance pagó por adelantado under-16s don't have to pay los menores de 16 años no pagan to pay for sth pagar* algo that won't even pay for the food eso no da ni para la comidato pay for sb (to + inf) I'll pay for Matthew yo pago lo de Matthew I'll pay for you to go to Paris yo te pago el viaje a París they'll pay for you to stay in a top hotel te pagarán la estadía or (Esp) estancia en un hotel de lujo 1.2 [work/activity] pagarse* this type of work usually pays by the hour este tipo de trabajo normalmente se paga por horas teaching doesn't pay very well la enseñanza no está muy bien pagada or remunerada
  • 2 (suffer) to pay for sth pagar* algo she paid dearly for her negligence pagó muy cara su negligencia he paid for his mistake with his life el error le costó la vida I'll make you pay me las pagarás there'll be hell o the devil to pay se va a armar la de San Quintín
  • 3
    (paying pres p)
    the paying public el público paying guest huésped (mf) (que paga el alojamiento) it's not a paying proposition no es una propuesta rentable

v impers

  • convenir* it pays to read the instructions conviene leer las instrucciones it pays to be polite to people merece la pena ser amable con la gente it would pay her to learn a foreign language le convendría aprender un idioma

Phrasal verbs

pay back

v + o + adv, v + adv + o
(repay) [money] devolver*, reintegrar [formal], regresar (AmL exc CS) ; [loan/mortgage] pagar* when are they going to pay us back? ¿cuándo nos van a devolver or (AmL exc CS tb) regresar el dinero?to pay sb back for sth I must pay her back for the meal tengo que devolverle or (AmL exc CS tb) regresarle el dinero de la comida how can I pay you back for your kindness/this favor? ¿cómo puedo retribuir tu amabilidad/pagarte este favor? 1.1 (take revenge on) I'll pay you back (one day)! ¡ya me las vas a pagar!, ¡ya me las cobraré or me vengaré!

pay in

v + o + adv, v + adv + o (BrE) [money] depositar or (Esp) ingresar or (Col) consignar 1.1v + adv (BrE) hacer* un depósito or (Esp) un ingreso or (Col) una consignación

pay off

v + o + adv, v + adv + o 1.1 (settle, repay) [debt] cancelar, saldar, liquidar, pagar*; [creditor] pagarle* a 1.2 (discharge from service) [worker] liquidarle el sueldo ( or jornal etc) a (al despedirlo) 1.3 (bribe) [colloquial/familiar] [blackmailer] untarle la mano a [familiar/colloquial], coimear (CS) [familiar/colloquial], darle* una mordida a (Méx) [familiar/colloquial] 1.1v + adv 2.1 (prove worthwhile) [caution/effort/hard work] valer* or merecer* la pena, tener* su compensación; [gamble] resultar 2.2 (in gambling) [slot machine/bookmaker] (AmE) pagar*

pay out

v + o + adv, v + adv + o 1.1 (distribute) [dividend/compensation/prize money] pagar* 1.2 (spend) [colloquial/familiar] desembolsar, aflojar [familiar/colloquial] I had to pay out a lot of money to fly to Europe me gasté un dineral en el vuelo a Europa 1.1v + o + adv, v + adv + o (release gradually) [rope/cable] ir* soltando 1.2v + adv 3.1 [insurance company] pagar* (una indemnización etc) 3.2 (spend) [colloquial/familiar] to pay out (for/on sth) gastar (en algo) I'm tired of paying out for his clothes/on car repairs estoy harta de tener que gastar en comprarle ropa/en arreglar el coche 3.3 (in gambling) [slot machine/bookmaker] (BrE) pagar*

pay up

v + adv pagar* in the end the company paid up al final la empresa le pagó lo que le debía ( or la indemnizó etc) 1.1v + adv + o [subscription/annual fee] abonar [formal], pagar* to pay up one's arrears ponerse* al día en los pagos

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