phone n. Coin-box telephone.
- —v. (past and past part. Paid) 1 (also absol.) Give (a person etc.) What is due for services done, goods received, debts incurred, etc. (paid him in full).
- a give (a usu. Specified amount) for work done, a debt, etc. (they pay £6 an hour). B (foll. By to) hand over the amount of (a debt, wages, etc.) To (paid the money to the assistant).
- a give, bestow, or express (attention, a compliment, etc.) (paid them no heed). B make (a visit) (paid a call on their uncle).
- (also absol.) (of a business, attitude, etc.) Be profitable or advantageous to (a person etc.).
- reward or punish (shall pay you for that).
- (usu. As paid adj.) Recompense (work, time, etc.) (paid holiday).
- (usu. Foll. By out, away) let out (a rope) by slackening it. —n. Wages. in the pay of employed by. Pay back 1 repay.
- punish or have revenge on. Pay for 1 hand over the money for.
- bear the cost of.
- suffer or be punished for (a fault etc.). Pay in pay (money) into a bank etc. Account. Pay its (or one's) way cover costs. Pay one's last respects attend a funeral to show respect. Pay off 1 dismiss (workers) with a final payment.
- colloq. Yield good results; succeed.
- pay (a debt) in full. Pay one's respects make a polite visit. Pay through the nose colloq. Pay much more than a fair price. Pay up pay the full amount (of). Put paid to colloq. - deal effectively with (a person).
- terminate (hopes etc.). payee n. [latin paco appease: related to *peace]