Synonyms of pay
1 rewardDictionary • They are paid well for doing such a difficult job.
reward • Their generosity will be rewarded.
compensate • To ease financial difficulties, farmers could be compensated for their loss of subsidies.
reimburse • I'll be happy to reimburse you for any expenses.
remunerate (formal) • You will be remunerated for your trouble
2 spendDictionary • I was prepared to pay anything for that car.
spend • They have spent £23m on new players.
offer • Rhys offered him an apple.
give • The handout gives all the times of the performances.
fork out (informal) • He'll have to fork out for private school fees.
cough up (informal) • I'll have to cough up $10,000 a year for private tuition.
shell out (informal)
3 settleDictionary • If you cannot pay your debts, you can file for bankruptcy.
settle • I settled the bill for my coffee and his two glasses of wine.
meet • The government will help meet some of the costs.
honour • The bank refused to honour his cheque.
discharge • The goods will be sold in order to discharge the debt.
4 bring inDictionary • This job pays $500 a week.
earn • The dancers can earn up to £130 for each session.
return • The business returned a handsome profit.
net • The state government expects to net about 1.46 billion rupees.
yield • 400,000 acres of land yielded a crop worth $1.75 billion.
5 be profitable • She took over her husband's restaurant and made it pay.
make a return
provide a living
6 benefitDictionary • It pays to invest in protective clothing.
benefit • a variety of government schemes benefiting children
7 giveDictionary • My husband never pays me compliments or says he loves me.
give • a citizen's charter giving rights to gays
extend • `I'm Chuck,' the man said, extending his hand.
grant • France has agreed to grant him political asylum.
render • Any assistance you can render him will be helpful.
bestow • The Queen has bestowed a knighthood on him.
proffer • He proffered a box of cigarettes.
wagesDictionary • the workers' complaints about pay and conditions
income • Over a third of their income is from comedy videos.
payment • It is reasonable to expect proper payment for this work.
fee • How much will the solicitor's fee be?
reward • They last night offered a £10,000 reward.
salary • The lawyer was paid a huge salary.
compensation • He received one year's salary as compensation for loss of office.
allowance • The boy was given an allowance for his own needs.
remuneration • $31,000 is a generous remuneration.
reimbursement • It can take up to six months before reimbursements are made.
emolument • details of emoluments received by company directors
vacation pay (Canadian)
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ pay for something
▷ pay off
▷ pay up
PROVERBS:He who pays the piper calls the tune
You pays your money and you takes your choice
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• The boy was given an allowance for his own needs.
atoneIf you atone for something that you have done, you do something to show that you are sorry you did it.
• He felt he had atoned for what he had done.
• a variety of government schemes benefiting children
Thesaurus for pay from the Collins English Thesaurus
to discharge (a debt, obligation, etc) by giving or doing something