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Definition: To pay off
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Paid
; p. pr. & vb. n.
.] [OE. paien, F. payer, fr. L. pacare to pacify,
appease, fr. pax, pacis, peace. See Peace
1. To satisfy, or content; specifically, to satisfy (another
person) for service rendered, property delivered, etc.; to
discharge one's obligation to; to make due return to; to
compensate; to remunerate; to recompense; to requite; as,
to pay workmen or servants.
May no penny ale them pay [i. e., satisfy]. --P.
[She] pays me with disdain. --Dryden.
2. Hence, figuratively: To compensate justly; to requite
according to merit; to reward; to punish; to retort or
For which, or pay me quickly, or I'll pay you. --B.
3. To discharge, as a debt, demand, or obligation, by giving
or doing what is due or required; to deliver the amount or
value of to the person to whom it is owing; to discharge a
debt by delivering (money owed). “Pay me that thou
--Matt. xviii. 28.
Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
If they pay this tax, they starve. --Tennyson.
4. To discharge or fulfill, as a duy; to perform or render
duty, as that which has been promised.
This day have I paid my vows. --Prov. vii.
5. To give or offer, without an implied obligation; as, to
pay attention; to pay a visit.
Not paying me a welcome. --Shak.
To pay off
(a) To make compensation to and discharge; as, to pay off
the crew of a ship.
(b) To allow (a thread, cord, etc.) to run off; to unwind.
To pay one's duty
, to render homage, as to a sovereign or
To pay out
(Naut.), to pass out; hence, to slacken; to
allow to run out; as, to pay out more cable. See under
To pay the piper
, to bear the cost, expense, or trouble.
(p[=a]), v. i.
To give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or
satisfaction; to discharge a debt.
The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again. --Ps.
2. Hence, to make or secure suitable return for expense or
trouble; to be remunerative or profitable; to be worth the
effort or pains required; as, it will pay to ride; it will
pay to wait; politeness always pays.
To pay for
(a) To make amends for; to atone for; as, men often pay
for their mistakes with loss of property or
reputation, sometimes with life.
(b) To give an equivalent for; to bear the expense of; to
be mulcted on account of.
'T was I paid for your sleeps; I watched your
wakings. --Beau. & Fl.
To pay off
. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Naut.) To fall to
leeward, as the head of a vessel under sail.
To pay on
. [Etymol. uncertain.] To beat with vigor; to
redouble blows. [Colloq.]
To pay round
[Etymol. uncertain.] (Naut.) To turn the