1. [ verb ] (business) yield a profit or result

"His efforts finally paid off"

Related terms: yield
2. [ verb ] eliminate by paying off; as of debts
Synonyms: liquidate
Related terms: pay_up lift amortize liquidation
3. [ verb ] (business) pay off, as of loans or promissory notes
Synonyms: redeem
Related terms: pay redemption
4. [ verb ] do or give something to somebody in return
Synonyms: pay make_up compensate

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

Related terms: settle pay_back pay_back compensation payer payee
5. [ verb ] (law) pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor
Synonyms: buy_off
Related terms: bribe crime
6. [ verb ] take vengeance on or get even
Synonyms: get fix pay_back

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

Related terms: get_even pay vengeance
Similar spelling:   payoff