US: /ˈpeɪ/
UK: /pˈe‍ɪ/

English Vietnamese dictionary

pay /pei/
  • ngoại động từ paid /peid/
    • trả (tiền lương...); nộp, thanh toán
      • to high wages: trả lương cao
      • to pay somebody: trả tiền ai
      • to pay a sum: trả một số tiền
      • to pay one's debt: trả nợ, thanh toán nợ
      • to pay taxes: nộp thuế
    • (nghĩa bóng) trả công, thưởng, đền đáp lại
    • dành cho; đến (thăm...); ngỏ (lời khen...)
      • to pay a visit: đến thăm
      • to pay one's respects to someone: đến chào ai
      • to pay someone a compliment: ngỏ lời khen ngợi, ca tụng ai
      • to pay attention to: chú ý tới
    • cho (lãi...), mang (lợi...)
      • it pays six per cent: món đó cho sáu phần trăm lãi
  • nội động từ
    • trả tiền
    • (+ for) (nghĩa bóng) phải trả giá đắt, phải chịu hậu quả
      • he shall pay for it: hắn sẽ phải trả giá đắt về việc đó
    • có lợi; mang lợi, sinh lợi
      • this concern does not pay: công việc kinh doanh chẳng lợi lộc gì
    • to pay away
      • trả hết, thanh toán, trang trải
    • (hàng hải) thả (dây chuyền...)
    • to pay back
      • trả lại, hoàn lại
    • to pay down
      • trả tiền mặt
    • to pay in
      • nộp tiền
    • to pay off
      • thanh toán, trang trải
    • trả hết lương rồi cho thôi việc
    • giáng trả, trả đũa, trả thù
    • cho kết quả, mang lại kết quả
    • (hàng hải) đi né về phía dưới gió (tàu, thuyền)
    • to pay out
      • (như) to pay away
    • trả thù, trừng phạt (ai)
    • to pay up
      • trả hết, thanh toán, trang trải, xuỳ tiền ra
    • to pay someone in his own coin
      • (xem) coin
    • to pay through the nose
      • (xem) nose
    • he who pays the piper calls the tume
      • ai trả tiền thì người ấy có quyền
    • to pay one's way
      • không mang công việc mắc nợ
    • to pay for one's whistle
      • phải trả giá đắt về cái tính ngông cuồng của mình
  • ngoại động từ
    • sơn, quét hắc ín

Advanced English dictionary

verb, noun
+ verb (paid, paid )
1 ~ (sb) (for sth) to give sb money for work, goods, services, etc: [V] I'll pay for the tickets. + Are you paying in cash or by credit card? + Her parents paid for her to go to Canada. + My company pays well (= pays high salaries). + [VN] to pay cash + Would you mind paying the taxi driver? + She pays £200 a week for this apartment. + [VNN] He still hasn't paid me the money he owes me. + I'm paid $100 a day. + [VN to inf] I don't pay you to sit around all day doing nothing!
See also - LOW-PAID
2 ~ sth (to sb)
~ (sb) sth to give sb money that you owe them: [VN] Membership fees should be paid to the secretary. + to pay a bill / debt / fine / ransom + [VNN] Have you paid him the rent yet?
3 [V] (of a business, etc.) to produce a profit: It's hard to make farming pay.
4 to result in some advantage or profit for sb: [V] Crime doesn't pay. + [V to inf] It pays to keep up to date with your work. + [VN to inf] It would probably pay you to hire an accountant.
5 [V] ~ (for sth) to suffer or be punished for your beliefs or actions: You'll pay for that remark! + Many people paid with their lives (= they died).
6 used with some nouns to show that you are giving or doing the thing mentioned [VN, VNN] I'll pay a call on (= visit) my friends. + I'll pay you a call when I'm in town. + [VN] I didn't pay attention to what she was saying. + The director paid tribute to all she had done for the charity. + [VNN] He's always paying me compliments.
Idioms: the devil / hell to pay (informal) a lot of trouble: There'll be hell to pay when he finds out.
he who pays the piper calls the tune (saying) the person who provides the money for sth can also control how it is spent
pay court to sb (old-fashioned) to treat sb with great respect in order to gain favour with them
pay dividends to produce great advantages or profits: Exercising regularly will pay dividends in the end.
pay for itself (of a new system, sth you have bought, etc.) to save as much money as it cost: The rail pass will pay for itself after only about two trips.
pay its way (of a business, etc.) to make enough money to pay what it costs to keep it going: The bridge is still not paying its way.
pay the penalty (for sth / for doing sth)
pay a / the price (for sth / for doing sth) to suffer because of bad luck, a mistake or sth you have done: He looked terrible this morning. I think he's paying the penalty for all those late nights. + They're now paying the price for past mistakes. + She thinks that any inconvenience is a price worth paying for living in such a beautiful place.
pay your respects (to sb) (formal) to visit sb or to send greetings as a sign of respect for them: Many came to pay their last respects (= by attending sb's funeral).
pay through the nose (for sth) (informal) to pay much too much money for sth
pay your way to pay for everything yourself without having to rely on anyone else's money
put paid to sth (informal) to stop or destroy sth, especially what sb plans or wants to do
more at ARM n., HEED n., ROB
Phrasal Verbs: pay sb back (sth)
pay sth<->back (to sb) to return money that you borrowed from sb: I'll pay you back next week. + You can pay back the loan over a period of three years. + Did he ever pay you back that $100 he owes you?
pay sb back (for sth) to punish sb for making you or sb else suffer: I'll pay him back for making me look like a fool in front of everyone.
related noun PAYBACK
pay sth<->in
pay sth into sth to put money into a bank account: I paid in a cheque this morning. + I'd like to pay some money into my account.
pay off (informal) (of a plan or an action, especially one that involves risk) to be successful and bring good results: The gamble paid off.
pay sb<->off
1 to pay sb what they have earned and tell them to leave their job: The crew were paid off as soon as the ship docked.
2 (informal) to give sb money to prevent them from doing sth or talking about sth illegal or dishonest that you have done: All the witnesses had been paid off.
related noun PAY-OFF
pay sth<->off to finish paying money owed for sth: We paid off our mortgage after fifteen years.
pay sth<->out
1 to pay a large sum of money for sth: I had to pay out £400 to get my car repaired.
related noun PAYOUT
2 to pass a length of rope through your hands
pay up to pay all the money that you owe to sb, especially when you do not want to or when the payment is late: I had a hard time getting him to pay up.
+ noun [U] the money that sb gets for doing regular work: Her job is hard work, but the pay is good. + a pay increase + (BrE) a pay rise + (AmE) a pay raise + a 3% pay offer + holiday pay + to make a pay claim (= to officially ask for an increase in pay)
See also - SICK PAY
Idioms: in the pay of sb/sth (usually disapproving) working for sb or for an organization, often secretly: He was in the pay of the drugs barons.

Thesaurus dictionary

1 recompense, compensate, remunerate, reward, indemnify; repay, refund, reimburse; pay off, pay out, pay up, satisfy, clear, remit, discharge, liquidate, settle, honour, meet:
Do you think that nurses are poorly paid? You have 30 days to pay this invoice
2 reward, benefit, recompense, requite, compensate:
Thurlew has been amply paid by having his name engraved on the roll of honour
3 extend, bestow, transmit, pass on, give, deliver:
Please pay my respects to your wife.
4 benefit, profit, avail, (turn out to) be or prove profitable or worthwhile, yield a return, be advantageous, produce results, pay off:
It no longer pays to complain about the service in the shops. Honesty pays
5 pay back, repay, retaliate, settle (accounts) (with), even the score or a score, reciprocate, requite, take or get revenge on, avenge oneself for or on, treat in kind, hit or strike or get back (at), settle or pay off or even a score or the score (with), exact one's pound of flesh (from), make (someone) pay (for), punish, chastise, castigate, Brit pay out, Colloq get even (with):
If I catch him, I'll pay him for turning informer.
6 suffer (the consequences), answer (for), make amends (for), atone (for), get one's (just) deserts, undergo punishment (for), be punished (for):
If I catch him, I'll make him pay. Society requires that he pay for his crime.
7 produce or make or generate or earn money, yield a return, pay off:
His vending-machine business certainly pays well.
8 pay back.
(a) recompense, compensate, remunerate, reward, indemnify; repay, pay off, refund, reimburse:
I paid back every penny I borrowed from the bank. I'll pay her back if it's the last thing I do.
(b) See 5, above.
9 pay for. See 6, above.
10 pay off.
(a) See 4 and 7, and 8(a), above.
(b) bribe, suborn, buy off, grease (someone's) palm, give (someone) a bribe or a rebate, Colloq give (someone) a kickback, slip (someone) something:
Did he really pay off the judges to select his daughter as Miss Tyneside?
11 pay out.
(a) distribute, deal out, give out, disperse, disburse:
The managing director paid out bonuses to the entire staff.
(b) disburse, expend, spend, contribute, Colloq shell out, lay out, US and Canadian and Australian and New Zealand kick in with, Slang cough up, fork out or over or up:
In the office, we are forever paying out for leaving presents.
(c) release, loosen, let out, slack or slacken off (on):
Pay out more rope so that he can reach it.
(d) See 5, above:
We'll pay him out for everything he's done to you, never fear!
12 payment, compensation, recompense, settlement, return; remuneration, consideration, reward, money, wages, salary, fee, honorarium, remittance, stipend, income, takings, take-home (pay), gain, profit, Colloq US take:
His sole pay for painting the kitchen was a big hug and a kiss. The work is tedious, but the pay isn't bad.

Collocation dictionary


monthly, weekly | full, half
He has taken leave on half pay.
| high | low, poor
workers on low pay
| equal
equal pay for men and women
| basic | gross | take-home
the average take-home pay of a manual worker
| holiday | maternity | overtime | redundancy, severance | unemployment | sick, sickness | back
The workers are demanding their back pay.
| merit, performance, performance-related | profit-related


level, rate
The job offers good rates of pay and excellent conditions.


get | give sb


day | cheque, packet
the money in my weekly pay packet
| slip | increase, rise | cut | freeze | claim, demand | bargaining, negotiations | agreement, award, deal, offer, settlement | dispute, strike | levels, rates
industrial unrest over pay levels in the public sector
| scale, structure
He's at the top of his company's pay scale.


on … ~
Women are eligible for 18 weeks maternity leave on full pay.
| with ~
holidays with pay
| without ~
He has been suspended without pay.


a cut/an increase/a reduction in pay

Concise English dictionary

+something that remunerates
+give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
+convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow
+do or give something to somebody in return
+bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action
+cancel or discharge a debt
+bring in
+be worth it
+discharge or settle
+make a compensation for