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PAY, pret. and pp. 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, &c. 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, 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, n. 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--

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Material presented was supplied by Brandon Staggs and was derived from the KJV Dictionary found on his website located at
The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Pay'. King James Dictionary.

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