pay off

Primary Meanings of pay off

1.
v
eliminate by paying off (debts)
2.
v
yield a profit or result
3.
v
pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor
4.
v
do or give something to somebody in return
Full Definitions of pay off
1

v eliminate by paying off (debts)

Synonyms:
liquidate
Types:
lift
pay off (a mortgage)
amortise, amortize
liquidate gradually
Type of:
ante up, pay, pay up
cancel or discharge a debt

v pay off (loans or promissory notes)

Synonyms:
redeem
Type of:
pay
give money, usually in exchange for goods or services
2

v yield a profit or result

“His efforts finally paid off
Type of:
bear, pay, yield
bring in
3

v pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor

Synonyms:
buy off
Type of:
bribe, buy, corrupt, grease one's palms
make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence
4

v do or give something to somebody in return

Synonyms:
compensate, make up, pay
Type of:
settle
dispose of; make a financial settlement

v take vengeance on or get even

Synonyms:
fix, get, pay back
pay
make a compensation for
Type of:
get back, get even
take revenge or even out a score

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