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Buy vs. Pay

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  • Buy (verb)

    To obtain (something) in exchange for money or goods

    "I'm going to buy my father something nice for his birthday."

  • Buy (verb)

    To obtain by some sacrifice.

    "I've bought material comfort by foregoing my dreams."

  • Buy (verb)

    To bribe.

    "He tried to buy me with gifts, but I wouldn't give up my beliefs."

  • Buy (verb)

    To be equivalent to in value.

    "The dollar doesn't buy as much as it used to."

  • Buy (verb)

    to accept as true; to believe

    "I'm not going to buy your stupid excuses anymore!"

  • Buy (verb)

    To make a purchase or purchases, to treat (for a meal)

    "She buys for Federated."

    "Let's go out for dinner. I'm buying."

  • Buy (verb)

    To make a bluff, usually a large one.

    "Smith tried to buy the pot on the river with a huge bluff"

  • Buy (noun)

    Something which is bought; a purchase.

    "At only $30, the second-hand kitchen table was a great buy."

  • Pay (verb)

    To give money or other compensation to in exchange for goods or services.

    "he paid him to clean the place up"

    "he paid her off the books and in kind where possible"

  • Pay (verb)

    To discharge, as a debt or other obligation, by giving or doing what is due or required.

    "she offered to pay the bill"

    "he has paid his debt to society"

  • Pay (verb)

    To be profitable for.

    "It didn't pay him to keep the store open any more."

  • Pay (verb)

    To give (something else than money).

    "to pay attention"

  • Pay (verb)

    To be profitable or worth the effort.

    "crime doesn’t pay"

    "it will pay to wait"

  • Pay (verb)

    To discharge an obligation or debt.

    "He was allowed to go as soon as he paid."

  • Pay (verb)

    To suffer consequences.

    "He paid for his fun in the sun with a terrible sunburn."

  • Pay (verb)

    To admit that a joke, punchline, etc., was funny.

    "I'll pay that."

  • Pay (verb)

    To cover (the bottom of a vessel, a seam, a spar, etc.) with tar or pitch, or a waterproof composition of tallow, resin, etc.; to smear.

  • Pay (noun)

    Money given in return for work; salary or wages.

    "Many employers have rules designed to keep employees from comparing their pays."

  • Pay (adjective)

    Operable or accessible on deposit of coins.

    "pay toilet|inline=1"

  • Pay (adjective)

    Pertaining to or requiring payment.

Wiktionary
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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Buy

    To acquire the ownership of (property) by giving an accepted price or consideration therefor, or by agreeing to do so; to acquire by the payment of a price or value; to purchase; - opposed to sell.

  • Buy

    To acquire or procure by something given or done in exchange, literally or figuratively; to get, at a cost or sacrifice; to buy pleasure with pain.

  • Buy (verb)

    To negotiate or treat about a purchase.

  • Pay

    To cover, as bottom of a vessel, a seam, a spar, etc., with tar or pitch, or waterproof composition of tallow, resin, etc.; to smear.

  • Pay

    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.

  • Pay

    Hence, figuratively: To compensate justly; to requite according to merit; to reward; to punish; to retort or retaliate upon.

  • Pay

    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

    To discharge or fulfill, as a duy; to perform or render duty, as that which has been promised.

  • Pay

    To give or offer, without an implied obligation; as, to pay attention; to pay a visit.

  • Pay (verb)

    To give a recompense; to make payment, requital, or satisfaction; to discharge a debt.

  • Pay (verb)

    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.

  • Pay (noun)

    Satisfaction; content.

  • Pay (noun)

    An equivalent or return for money due, goods purchased, or services performed; salary or wages for work or service; compensation; recompense; payment; hire; as, the pay of a clerk; the pay of a soldier.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Buy (noun)

    an advantageous purchase;

    "she got a bargain at the auction"

    "the stock was a real buy at that price"

  • Buy (verb)

    obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction;

    "The family purchased a new car"

    "The conglomerate acquired a new company"

    "She buys for the big department store"

  • Buy (verb)

    make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence;

    "This judge can be bought"

  • Buy (verb)

    acquire by trade or sacrifice or exchange;

    "She wanted to buy his love with her dedication to him and his work"

  • Buy (verb)

    accept as true;

    "I can't buy this story"

  • Buy (verb)

    be worth or be capable of buying;

    "This sum will buy you a ride on the train"

  • Pay (noun)

    something that remunerates;

    "wages were paid by check"

    "he wasted his pay on drink"

    "they saved a quarter of all their earnings"

  • Pay (verb)

    give money, usually in exchange for goods or services;

    "I paid four dollars for this sandwich"

    "Pay the waitress, please"

  • Pay (verb)

    convey, as of a compliment, regards, attention, etc.; bestow;

    "Don't pay him any mind"

    "give the orders"

    "Give him my best regards"

    "pay attention"

  • Pay (verb)

    do or give something to somebody in return;

    "Does she pay you for the work you are doing?"

  • Pay (verb)

    bear (a cost or penalty), in recompense for some action;

    "You'll pay for this!"

    "She had to pay the penalty for speaking out rashly"

    "You'll pay for this opinion later"

  • Pay (verb)

    cancel or discharge a debt;

    "pay up, please!"

  • Pay (verb)

    bring in;

    "interest-bearing accounts"

    "How much does this savings certificate pay annually?"

  • Pay (verb)

    render;

    "pay a visit"

    "pay a call"

  • Pay (verb)

    be worth it;

    "It pays to go through the trouble"

  • Pay (verb)

    dedicate;

    "give thought to"

    "give priority to"

    "pay attention to"

  • Pay (verb)

    discharge or settle;

    "pay a debt"

    "pay an obligation"

  • Pay (verb)

    make a compensation for;

    "a favor that cannot be paid back"

Princeton's WordNet

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