To pay for

To pay for
Pay Pay (p[=a]), v. i. To give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt. [1913 Webster]

The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again. --Ps. xxxvii. 21. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]

'T was I paid for your sleeps; I watched your wakings. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

{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 ship's head. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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