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PAY, verb transitive preterit tense and participle passive paid.

1. To discharge a debt; to deliver to a creditor the value of the debt, either in money or goods, to his acceptance or satisfaction, by which the obligation of the debtor is discharged.

2. To discharge a duty created by promise or by custom or by the moral law; as, to pay a debt of honor or of kindness.

You have paid down

More penitence, than done trespass.

3. To fulfill; to perform what is promised; as, to pay one's vows.

4. To render what is due to a superior, or demanded by civility or courtesy; as, to pay respect to a magistrate; to pay due honor to parents.

5. To beat.

For which, or pay me quickly, or I'll pay you.

6. To reward; to recompense; as, to pay for kindness with neglect.

To pay for, to make amends; to atone by suffering. Men often pay for their mistakes with loss of property or reputation, sometimes with life.

1. To give an equivalent for any thing purchased.

To pay or pay over, in seamen's language, to daub or besmear the surface of any body, to preserve it from injury by water or weather.

To pay the bottom of a vessel, to cover it with a composition of tallow, sulphur, rosin, etc.; to bream.

To pay a mast or yard, to besmear it with tar, turpentine, rosin, tallow or varnish.

PAY a seam, to pour melted pitch along it, so as to defend the oakum.

To pay off; to make compensation to and discharge; as, to pay off the crew of a ship.

To pay out, to slacken, extend or cause to run out; as, to pay out more cable.

PAY, verb intransitive To pay off, in seamen's language, is to fall to leeward, as the head of a ship.

To pay on, to beat with vigor; to redouble blows. [Colloquial.]

PAY, noun Compensation; recompense; an equivalent given for money due, goods purchased or services performed; salary or wages for services; hire. The merchant receives pay for goods sold; the soldier receives pay for his services, but the soldiers of the American revolution never received full pay

1. Compensation; reward.

Here only merit constant pay receives--