1. compensate, remunerate, reward, recompense; reimburse, indemnify, refund; (usu. of debts, etc.) settle, satisfy, liquidate, discharge, clear off, square, honor, meet.
2. spend, expend, disburse, pay out; give, render, hand over, Sl. shell out, Sl. dish out, Sl. lay out, Sl. cough up; Inf. come across with, Inf. fork up or out or over; defray, contribute, ante up, Inf. chip in, Inf. go Dutch, Inf. pick up the tab, Inf. foot the bill; advance, prepay, pay up front, retain.
3. yield, return, produce; profit, avail, benefit, be worthwhile, be advantageous; help, aid, be useful, stand one in good stead.
4. retaliate, requite, pay back, get back, get even, even or settle the score; repay, reciprocate, return like for like, give tit for tat, Inf. give [s.o.] a taste of his own medicine, Euph. return the compliment; punish, chasten, Inf. get [s.o.] for [s.t.].
5. suffer, atone, answer for; get one's deserts, reap what one has sown, get one's comeuppance, get what's coming to one; pay the piper, face the music, take one's medicine.
6. pay off
a. settle, discharge, liquidate, satisfy.b.Slang. bribe, suborn, oil, graft, cross or grease [s.o.'s] palm, Sl. square.c. retaliate, get even. See pay(def. 4).
7. wages, salary, Brit. Sl. get, emolument, remuneration, compensation, consideration, earnings; payment, hire, stipend, fee, honorarium; perquisites, Inf. perks, fringe benefits, Inf. fringes, Inf. extras; reward, bonus, tip, gratuity, douceur, Fr. pourboire, (in India and Turkey) baksheesh; commission, percentage, brokerage, share, cut, slice, (both usu. illicit) Inf. rake-off, Inf. kickback.
8. payment, remittance, reimbursement. See payment.
9. profitable, remunerative, lucrative, mon-eymaking.
10. coin-operated, public

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