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.

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  • Pay (adjective)

    Pertaining to or requiring payment.

  • Buy (verb)

    obtain in exchange for payment

    “homeowners who buy into housing developments”

    “he had been able to buy up hundreds of acres”

    “he bought me a new frock”

    “she bought six first-class stamps”

  • Buy (verb)

    pay someone to give up an ownership, interest, or share

    “when their affair ended, she bought him out”

  • Buy (verb)

    obtain one’s release from the armed services by payment.

  • Buy (verb)

    withdraw something at auction because it fails to meet the reserve price.

  • Buy (verb)

    procure the loyalty and support of (someone) by bribery

    “I’ll buy off the investigators”

    “here was a man who could not be bought”

  • Buy (verb)

    be a means of obtaining (something) through exchange or payment

    “money can’t buy happiness”

  • Buy (verb)

    get by sacrifice or great effort

    “greatness is dearly bought”

  • Buy (verb)

    be a buyer for a store or firm.

  • Buy (verb)

    accept the truth of

    “I hate to buy into stereotypes”

    “I am not prepared to buy the claim that the ends justify the means”

  • Buy (noun)

    a purchase

    “wine is rarely a good buy in duty-free shops”

  • Buy (noun)

    an act of purchasing something

    “a drug buy”

Oxford Dictionary

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