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I UK [peɪ] / US verb
Word forms "pay":
present tense I/you/we/they pay he/she/it pays present participle paying past tense paid UK [peɪd] / US past participle paid
Get it right: pay:
The verb pay is never followed by a direct object that refers to the thing you are buying. We pay for a product or service:
Wrong: Credit cards are used to pay the product you purchased without using cash.
Right: Credit cards are used to pay for the product you purchased without using cash.
Wrong: At that time, very few people could pay a university education.
Right: At that time, very few people could pay for a university education. You can also use pay in these patterns: ▪  pay someone for something ▪  pay an amount of money for something ▪  pay someone an amount of money for something It was rumoured that Texaco had paid the government over $800 million for drilling rights. Have you paid your brother for the cinema tickets? However, pay can be used with a direct object which refers to money that is paid for a specific purpose. The nouns most frequently used in this pattern are:
bill, charge, compensation, debt, fine, price, fee, rent, salary, tax, wage
Around one third of schoolchildren failed to enrol this year because their parents could not pay the school fees. Married couples are taxed independently, and each spouse is responsible for paying tax on his/her own income.
1) [intransitive/transitive] to give money in order to buy something
pay for:

Let me pay for dinner.

pay someone for something:

Can I pay you for this?

pay by:

Will you be paying by cash, cheque, or credit card?

pay with:

I'd like to pay with my card.

pay in dollars/pounds etc:

Can I pay in dollars?

pay (in) cash:

There's a reduction if you pay cash.

pay the bill:

Can I pay the bill, please?

a) [intransitive/transitive] to give money to someone who does a job for you
pay someone for something:

We still haven't paid them for the repairs to the roof.

pay someone to do something:

We had to pay them over £100 to sort it out.

pay to have/get something done:

Now I'll have to pay to get the car fixed.

b) [intransitive/transitive] to give a company, institution etc money that you owe them

We'll probably pay more in tax this year.

Did you pay the gas bill?

c) [transitive] to give someone their salary

Some of the workers haven't been paid for weeks.

a) [intransitive/transitive] if a job pays a particular amount of money, you get that amount for doing it

She was in a job paying over £60,000 a year.

My new job pays well.

b) [intransitive] if a business pays, it earns money

We have a lot of hard work ahead if we're going to make the business pay.

3) [intransitive/transitive] to have a good result
it pays to do something:

It pays to cover the pool to keep out falling leaves.

it pays someone to do something:

It would pay you to get it properly checked.

crime doesn't pay:

The message you get from the film is simple: crime doesn't pay.

4) [intransitive] to suffer because of something that you have done

It was an outrage, and somebody was going to pay.

pay for:

They had made him look like a fool and now they were going to pay for it.

pay dearly for something (= suffer a lot because of something):

We may pay dearly for our arrogance.

make someone pay (for something):

She had ruined his life and now he was going to make her pay.

pay the penalty/price for something — to have to deal with the bad effects of something that you have done

One day you will all pay the price for your selfish behaviour.

pay someone/something a visit/call — to visit someone or something

I think it's time we paid the school a visit.

pay through the nose (for something)informal to pay much too much for something

In the city centre restaurants, you pay through the nose for your drinks.

pay tribute/homage to someone — to say or do something that shows you respect and admire someone a lot

We are here tonight to pay tribute to one of the greatest actors of all time.

pay your respects (to someone)formal to visit someone, or to send them a greeting; pay your (last) respects (to someone)

formal to go to someone's funeral

Please pay my respects to your mother.

Thousands turned up to pay their last respects to a great leader.

Phrasal verbs:
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II UK [peɪ] / US noun [uncountable]
a) money that you receive for doing your job

They were demanding higher pay.

pay and conditions:

There will be improvements in pay and conditions for all staff.

basic pay (= your pay without extra payments):

The basic pay is so low that you end up putting in lots of overtime.

b) connected with pay
a pay rise/increase:

They received a pay increase that was much higher than expected.

a pay freeze (= a decision not to increase pay):

A pay freeze is thought to be likely.

holiday/maternity/sick etc pay — money that you receive for a period when you are not working, for example because you are on holiday, having a baby, or ill

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