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      vb   , pays, paying, paid  
1    to discharge (a debt, obligation, etc.) by giving or doing something  
he paid his creditors     
2    when intr, often foll by: for   to give (money) to (a person) in return for goods or services  
they pay their workers well, they pay by the hour     
3    to give or afford (a person) a profit or benefit  
it pays one to be honest     
4    tr   to give or bestow (a compliment, regards, attention, etc.)  
5    tr   to make (a visit or call)  
6    intr; often foll by: for   to give compensation or make amends  
7    tr   to yield a return of  
the shares pay 15 per cent     
8    to give or do (something equivalent) in return; pay back  
he paid for the insult with a blow     
9    tr; past tense and past participle paid or payed     (Nautical)   to allow (a vessel) to make leeway  
10      (Austral)  
informal   to acknowledge or accept (something) as true, just, etc.  
11    pay one's way  
a    to contribute one's share of expenses  
b    to remain solvent without outside help  
a    money given in return for work or services; a salary or wage  
b    (as modifier)  
a pay slip, pay claim     
13    paid employment (esp. in the phrase in the pay of)  
14    modifier   requiring the insertion of money or discs before or during use  
a pay phone, a pay toilet     
15    modifier   rich enough in minerals to be profitably mined or worked  
pay gravel        (See also)        pay back       pay down       pay for       pay in       pay off       pay out       pay up  
     (C12: from Old French payer, from Latin pacare to appease (a creditor), from pax peace)  
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pay          [2]  
      vb   , pays, paying, payed   tr     (Nautical)   to caulk (the seams of a wooden vessel) with pitch or tar  
     (C17: from Old French peier, from Latin picare, from pix pitch)  

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1    clear, compensate, cough up     (informal)   discharge, foot, give, honour, liquidate, meet, offer, recompense, reimburse, remit, remunerate, render, requite, reward, settle, square up  
2    be advantageous, benefit, be worthwhile, repay, serve  
3    bestow, extend, give, grant, hand out, present, proffer, render  
4      (often with)       for   answer for, atone, be punished, compensate, get one's deserts, make amends, suffer, suffer the consequences  
5    bring in, produce, profit, return, yield  
6    be profitable, be remunerative, make a return, make money, provide a living  
7    avenge oneself for, get even with     (informal)   get revenge on, pay back, punish, reciprocate, repay, requite, settle a score  
8    allowance, compensation, earnings, emoluments, fee, hand-out, hire, income, meed     (archaic)   payment, recompense, reimbursement, remuneration, reward, salary, stipend, takings, wages  

pay back  
1    get even with     (informal)   get one's own back, hit back, reciprocate, recompense, retaliate, settle a score  
2    refund, reimburse, repay, return, settle up, square  
pay off  
1    discharge, dismiss, fire, lay off, let go, sack     (informal)  
2    clear, discharge, liquidate, pay in full, settle, square  
3    be effective, be profitable, be successful, succeed, work  
4    get even with     (informal)   pay back, retaliate, settle a score  
5      (informal)   bribe, buy off, corrupt, get at, grease the palm of     (slang)   oil     (informal)   suborn  
pay out  
1    cough up     (informal)   disburse, expend, fork out or over or up     (slang)   lay out     (informal)   shell out     (informal)   spend  
2    get even with     (informal)   pay back, retaliate, settle a score  

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paywall n.
the mechanism of blocking certain features for people who don't pay, especially on freemium models, for newspapers for example

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