previous next
Pay, vb. 1) to give as an equivalent or compensation or debt owed; without an object: “he shall p. for him,” Tp. II, 2, 81. “I'll make them p.” Wiv. IV, 3, 11. Meas. II, 1, 105. III, 2, 126. Tw. V, 40. Wint. I, 1, 18. H4A III, 3, 201 “(--ing back).” H5 II, 3, 51 (cf. Pitch) etc. With an accus.: “p. slavish tribute,” Lucr. 299. “what he owes thee thou thyself dost p.” Sonn. 79, 14. Tp. II, 1, 293. Merch. III, 2, 56. “till some certain shot be paid,” Gent. II, 5, 7. “I paid nothing for it,” Wiv. IV, 5, 62. V, 5, 118. Err. I, 2, 85. IV, 1, 72. IV, 1, 72 V, 131. V, 131 LLL V, 2, 334 “(p. him the due).” H4A II, 4, 599 and III, 3, 200 “(paid back again).” H6A II, 2, 7 (I have paid my vow, i. e. done what I vowed. Cymb. V, 4, 165 etc.
2) to satisfy, to quit by giving an equivalent; a) the debt to be quitted being the object: “one sweet kiss shall p. this countless debt,” Ven. 84. “pain --s the income of each precious thing,” Lucr. 334. “p. the willing loan,” Sonn. 6, 6. Tp. III, 2, 140. Wiv. II, 2, 123. Err. IV, 4, 124. Tw. II, 4, 71. 72 etc. b) the person satisfied as object: “so you're paid,” Tp. II, 1, 36. “I am paid,” Gent. V, 4, 77. “I was paid for my learning,” Wiv. IV, 5, 63. “to p. the saddler,” Err. I, 2, 56. Ado V, 1, 255. Merch. IV, 1, 415. Shr. IV, 3, 166. Shr. IV, 3, 166 H6B IV, 1, 30 etc. Dat. and accus.: “till every minute --s the hour his debt,” Lucr. 329. pay a daily debt to their sovereign, 649 etc.
3) to give, to offer, to render: “to which love's eyes p. tributary gazes,” Ven. 632. “the sad account of fore-bemoaned moan, which I new p. as if not paid before,” Sonn. 30, 12. “no bed-right shall be paid,” Tp. IV, 96. “you have paid the heavens your function,” Meas. III, 2, 263. “not --ing me a welcome,” Mids. V, 99. “my honour's paid to him,” All's V, 3, 143. “to p. Bohemia the visitation which he justly owes him,” Wint. I, 1, 7. “paid down more penitence,” V, 1, 3. “to p. that duty,” John II, 247. “let us p. that mass of moan,” Troil. II, 2, 106. “I'll p. that doctrine, or else die in debt,” Rom. I, 1, 244. “--s homage to us,” Hml. IV, 3, 64. “thy cheek --s shame,” Ant. I, 1, 31. “he could not but p. me terms of honour,” III, 4, 7. “death of one person can be paid but once,” IV, 14, 27 etc.
4) absol., to have requital: “he shall p. for this,” Merch. II, 8, 26. “if this prove true, they'll p. for it,” Wint. II, 1, 146. “they shall p. for their presumption,” H6C IV, 1, 114. Trans. a) to suffer in requital, to fulfil as a punishment: “make us p. down for our offence by weight the words of heaven,” Meas. I, 2, 125. b) to give in requital: “more nor less to others --ing than by self-offences weighing,” III, 2, 279. c) to requite, to reward or punish: “I will p. thy graces home both in word and deed,” Tp. V, 70. “haste still --s haste,” Meas. V, 415. “p. with falsehood false exacting,” III, 2, 295. here's that (a rope) “will p. them all,” Err. IV, 4, 10. “all my services you have paid home,” Wint. V, 3, 4. “you p. him then,” H5 IV, 1, 209. “the service --s itself,” Mcb. I, 4, 23. “our duties did his welcome p.” IV, 1, 132. “he was paid for that,” Cymb. IV, 2, 246. “you are paid too much,” V, 4, 166.
5) to give it soundly, to quit scores with a person, to hit or kill in fighting: “on the answer he --s you as surely as your feet hit the ground,” Tw. III, 4, 305. “two I am sure I have paid,” H4A II, 4, 213. with a “thought seven of the eleven I paid,” H4A II, 4, 213 V, 3, 48.
hide Dictionary Entry Lookup
Use this tool to search for dictionary entries in all lexica.
Search for in
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: