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Definition 1: take vengeance on or get even - [verb of competition]

Samples where pay off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We'll get them!
  • That'll fix him good!
  • This time I got him

Synonyms for pay off in the sense of this definition

(pay off is a kind of ...) take revenge or even out a score

"I cannot accept the defeat--I want to get even"

(pay off has a similar meaning as ...) make a compensation for

"a favor that cannot be paid back"

Definition 2: eliminate by paying off (debts) - [verb of possession]

Synonyms for pay off in the sense of this definition

(pay off is a kind of ...) cancel or discharge a debt

"pay up, please!"

(... is a kind of pay off ) pay off (a mortgage)

(... is a kind of pay off ) liquidate gradually

Definition 3: pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor - [verb of possession]

Synonyms for pay off in the sense of this definition

(pay off is a kind of ...) make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence

"This judge can be bought"

(pay off belongs to category ...) (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act

"a long record of crimes"

Definition 4: yield a profit or result - [verb of possession]

Samples where pay off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • His efforts finally paid off

(pay off is a kind of ...) bring in

"interest-bearing accounts" "How much does this savings certificate pay annually?"

Definition 5: pay off (loans or promissory notes) - [verb of possession]

Synonyms for pay off in the sense of this definition

(pay off is a kind of ...) give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

"I paid four dollars for this sandwich" "Pay the waitress, please"

Definition 6: do or give something to somebody in return - [verb of possession]

Samples where pay off or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for pay off in the sense of this definition

(pay off is a kind of ...) dispose of; make a financial settlement

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