Translation of pay in Spanish:


pagar, v.

Pronunciation /peɪ//peɪ/

transitive verbpaid

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      (tax/rent) pagar
      (amount/fees) pagar
      (fees/amount) abonar formal
      (bill) pagar
      (bill) saldar
      (debt) pagar
      (debt) saldar
      (debt) cancelar
      I paid the amount in full aboné el importe en su totalidad formal
      • this account pays 8% interest esta cuenta da / produce un interés del 8%
      • to pay sth for sth/to + inf
      • how much did you pay for the painting? ¿cuánto pagaste por el cuadro?
      • I paid a fortune to have it cleaned me cobraron un dineral por limpiarlo
      • to pay sth into sth
      • they pay my salary directly into the bank me depositan el sueldo directamente en el banco
      • [ S ]paid pagado
      • And he says he barely makes enough money to pay wages and all the other bills.
      • The courses are free for unemployed people, while wage earners pay a small fee.
      • Customers paying annual premium for 10 or 15 years will get full benefits if they die during the cover period.
      • I am staggered that our hard-earned council tax money goes towards paying their wages.
      • Why are you allowed to exceed water allocation limits if you can simply afford to pay the surcharge?
      • Television pays large sums of money to cover men's college basketball games because sponsors will pay for commercial space in conjunction with the game.
      • They are forced to take in three roomers who pay money in exchange for room and board.
      • I went there whenever I had a chance and the money to pay the entrance fee.
      • But on the face of it there was a seamless transfer with rents being paid by the same system and services unaffected.
      • It is a question as to whether you are liable to pay a sum of money under the Tax Act.
      • If he does not pay that tax, the relief given to the approved body is limited to the amount of tax actually paid by the donor.
      • However, residents have until the beginning of May to pay their first instalment so the problem may only surface then.
      • He had known this man for a couple of years and knew that he always paid his debts, no matter what.
      • This bill is about people using the bankruptcy system to evade paying alimony and child support payments.
      • Banknotes were first issued by banks who undertook to pay the sum of money that appeared on the note from their deposits of gold.
      • It will be student money that will pay the legal fees of the administration.
      • The booty enabled him to clear his debts and pay large sums into the treasury, all without incurring a risk of prosecution.
      • They will also take on responsibilities, and one partner may face paying alimony to the other in the event of the legal partnership being dissolved.
      • It encouraged families to enrol as subscribers, by paying an annual fee for free or subsidised treatment.
      • John was asked why the Company stopped paying the mortgage instalments and he said that he did not know.
      • There is not enough money to pay fees for the other two children of primary school age.
      • I seem to have little money after being paid my monthly wage.
      • The crew members were only released 10 days later after an unspecified amount of ransom was paid.
      • The existing two-week timeshare was never sold, and when they stopped paying the instalments, the new apartment was taken away.
      • He paid alimony, but it all went down the drain as soon as the check came in the mail.
      • Residents had traditionally signed long leases and paid an annual rent to the landowner.
      • Brian is surprised and please when Frank turns up each week to pay his instalments on the cost of the stolen tools.
      • He therefore refuses to pay the outstanding instalments on the dynamite and, in fact, sells some of it to Edward.
      • We are stuck with finding this additional money to pay staff salaries and wages.
      • Many people are paying large sums of money for services which they are already entitled to.
      • It is true that the order is an order to pay a sum of money.
      • He pays outrageous sums of money at charity auctions.
      • Please have correct amount when paying your child's fee.
      • The city is booming, it is a beautiful place to live, and those who can afford it are willing to pay the price to settle here.
      • The car becomes the property of the buyer only when they have paid the final instalment due under the agreement.
      • However, hedge funds are risky in that if they lose money, clients pay no fee at all.
      • Tickled by the notion of this souvenir of my transgression, I paid the surcharge, and keep the photo in my album to this day.
      • Even if you pay your tax bill on time, you are still liable to pay a surcharge for late filing.
      • I was commuting an hour each way from New Jersey and needed the rest of my wages to pay my rent.
      • The Egyptian government denies paying any ransom to secure his release.

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      (employee/creditor/tradesperson) pagarle a
      they still haven't paid the builders todavía no les han pagado a los albañiles
      • you'll have to wait until I get paid vas a tener que esperar hasta que cobre / me paguen
      • we're paid by the hour nos pagan por horas
      • I wouldn't eat in that restaurant if you paid me yo no comería en ese restaurante ni aunque me pagasen
      • to pay sb for sth pagarle algo a algn
      • when are you going to pay me for the tickets? ¿cuándo me vas a pagar las entradas?
      • I paid him £20 for the table le di 20 libras por la mesa
      • he was handsomely paid for his services fue generosamente retribuido por sus servicios
      • She and other staff members were not paid for expenses during the previous month of work.
      • Part-time doctors are paid for a fixed number of hours, even if they did not work some of them.
      • But, excuse me, isn't playing sport before audiences what sportsmen are paid for?
      • Accounts vary of how much the workers are paid for their labour.
      • Yes, there is hard work to be done, but that is what the minister and his officials are paid for and that is what they must do.
      • The chief executive was dismissed and staff were not paid for six months.
      • He was paid for his services but there is no doubt that he was playing a very dangerous game.
      • Neither of us are paid for the work we do, but that's no big deal.
      • I rubbed her arm and told her not to worry, that these people were paid for this kind of thing.
      • Bad weather or no, the general consensus is that an employee is paid for 35 hours and he should work all of those hours.
      • Workers were not paid for their time at the work place when they were not actually laboring.
      • This means that workers are paid for fourteen months rather than twelve months every year.
      • Though workers are paid for time at sea, most fish are shipped out, and processing jobs are given to other parts of the country.
      • Will employees be paid for all the work they have done up to the point of redundancy?
      • He is paid for his knowledge and his ability to superintend and direct the work of those placed under him.
      • The issue here is should players be paid for playing a game they love?
      • There also may be periods of time when no procedures are being performed, thus nurses are paid for down time.
      • I'm much more focused on the work side of it - that's what I'm paid for.
      • I do not say this to brag, but because it is the one thing I am good at and what I'm paid for.
      • Every sound editor can't help but think of how to fill up a track; it's what we're paid for.

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    (respects) presentar
    (attention) prestar
    to pay sb a visit / call hacerle una visita a algn
    • I must pay a visit / a call before we leave tengo que pasar al baño antes de irnos
    • Babs suffers a nervous breakdown when she realizes no one is paying attention to her.
    • Indeed, they were, and so intently that they paid no attention to me in the car next to them.
    • They don't consider things like paying attention to their pet, or walking him, giving him exercise, etc.
    • I'm trying to conjure up the good-fairy presence, trying to get her to pay attention to me.

intransitive verbpaid

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    (with money)
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      (person) pagar
      she paid in advance pagó por adelantado
      • under-16s don't have to pay los menores de 16 años no pagan
      • to pay for sth pagar algo
      • that won't even pay for the food eso no da ni para la comida
      • to pay for sb (to + inf)
      • I'll pay for Matthew yo pago lo de Matthew
      • I'll pay for you to go to Paris yo te pago el viaje a París
      • they'll pay for you to stay in a top hotel te pagarán la estadía en un hotel de lujo
      • These work projects will pay a minimum of the national minimum wage.
      • Bar work pays a modest wage, so it's fortunate that Oceana helps by providing a subsidised cab service for its staff.
      • So, one of the main reasons people often give for why it's the wife - and not the husband - who stays home is that her job pays less money.
      • Most are fleeing high unemployment and wages as low as 50p an hour in search of low-skilled jobs paying salaries that remain a dream for people in Poland.
      • Firms can apply for a £2,000 grant for each new job paying a salary of more than £14,000, up to a maximum of five jobs.
      • So, it is an investment that pays dividends not just for the family, which is very important, but for our economy as well.
      • It defends itself by saying it pays competitive wages and provides employees low cost, catastrophic healthcare coverage.
      • Ultimately, the manager is confident his investments will pay handsome dividends.
      • Since most do not operate to earn profits, these enterprises do not pay dividends to shareholders.
      • Issued by financially strong firms, these investments are paying an average yield of a little under 4.5% after tax.
      • I need a job which pays enough money to cover rent, bills and family expenses.
      • The investment, of time as much as money, paid early dividends.
      • I can whinge all I want about having a job, but it's a job that pays decent money.

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      (activity/work) pagarse
      this type of work usually pays by the hour este tipo de trabajo normalmente se paga por horas
      • teaching doesn't pay very well la enseñanza no está muy bien pagada / remunerada
      • Learning pays in all sorts of ways - it can be the first step to a job or better job and to making new friends.
      • The owners who didn't know how to sow kept wailing that agriculture was not paying.
      • Education pays by increasing the stock of human quality through increasing the skills of the workforce.
      • In business it never pays to get indignant in any way.
      • Farming does not pay and many have had to look beyond the fields for additional ventures to earn a living wage.
      • That's because agriculture does not pay, both for the producer and for government.
      • Your education pays when you get married, she philosophises.
      • His achievements should encourage any youngster from Mayo who wants to succeed in sport that dedication and hard work pays in the end.

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    to pay for sth pagar algo
    • she paid dearly for her negligence pagó muy cara su negligencia
    • he paid for his mistake with his life el error le costó la vida
    • I'll make you pay me las pagarás
    • The media print only what will sell their papers regardless of the consequences and we are paying with our blood for this.
    • Workers will pay with their homes as well as their jobs when the economy hits the skids.
    • Having to pay with your own life brings a chilling factor into the equation.
    • It was right now that Khira had made her fatal mistake and she was going to pay with everything that she had.
    • Our code is her code and our code says the jewel of our tribe shall pay with her life.
    • That is the price of using the crystal ball, or any magic item; you pay with your energy.
    • If you kill someone you must pay with your own life no matter what the cause.
    • Several upright officials have had to pay with their lives or career for daring the criminal.
    • What he didn't know was that he still had a debt to his brother that he would have to pay with his life.
    • The spokesman said that this time he may have to pay with his job.
    • The tragedy is that some of them have had to pay with their lives.
    • They are the ones who speak out, resist, and pay with their liberty or their lives.
    • Presumably he shouldn't be put in a situation where he might have to pay with his life.
    • They say workers are made to pay with their livelihood for increased profits of corporations.
    • She's always afraid that someone is going to find out and that she'll pay with her life, like her father.
    • You fear they will make you pay with your life for your place in the world or the colour of your skin.
    • If we carry on for much longer in this uninspiring vein, he may pay with his head.
    • I am happy to pay with my life for any possible reflection on the honour of the flag.
    • In the ruthless trade of people smuggling they will increasingly pay with their lives.
  • 3paying present participle

    the paying public el público
    • paying guest huésped
    • it's not a paying proposition no es una propuesta rentable

impersonal verbpaid

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    it pays to read the instructions conviene leer las instrucciones
    • it pays to be polite to people merece la pena ser amable con la gente
    • it would pay her to learn a foreign language le convendría aprender un idioma


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    (of manual worker)
    paga feminine
    salario masculine formal
    (for one day) jornal masculine
    (of employee) sueldo masculine
    to strike over pay ir a la huelga por motivos salariales
    • she was suspended on full pay la separaron del cargo sin suspensión de sueldo
    • to be in sb's pay estar a sueldo de algn
    • before noun pay bargaining negociación salarial
    • pay increase incremento salarial
    • pay settlement acuerdo salarial
    • pay talks negociaciones salariales
    • The average hourly rate of pay must not be less than your minimum hourly rate of pay illustrated on the table above.
    • The rates of pay and allowances now paid to MPs must have affected their behaviour.
    • Most of the victims were thought to be police officers waiting to collect their pay.
    • Pensions will continue to be based on a representative rate of pay for rank and length of service.
    • Variable rates of pay will also create a factory system within schools.
    • The families also protested against expected rates of redundancy pay.
    • Theses are very interesting skilled jobs, which have quite rewarding rates of pay.
    • This has nothing to do with resourcing or rates of pay, it's simply a matter of a lack of will.
    • The additional pay was money intended for them, they said, and was in effect held in trust by their employer.
    • That's one of the major problems for corporate regulators dealing with executive pay.
    • Workers' hourly rates of pay also include allowances for board and lodgings.
    • One of the Irish employees claimed that by taking on migrant workers the company was pushing down the rates of pay.
    • We were hired at a particular rate of pay, which is just about a reasonable working wage.
    • The garment workers, who are owed back pay, have no money for return fares to China.
    • Some have taken a job at the same rate of pay, but have lost conditions of employment like vehicles.
    • The drivers refused to comply with roster changes until they were put on this higher rate of pay.
    • This entitles employees to make regular savings from their pay over the next three or five years and earn a tax-free bonus.
    • It's now got the lowest base rates of pay of any public service department.
    • How fair is your rate of pay compared to others in the same company or organisation?
    • Certainly they demanded a higher rate of pay, asking double what a laborer received.