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English verb: pay off

1. pay off (possession) yield a profit or result

SamplesHis efforts finally paid off.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)bear, pay, yield

2. pay off (possession) eliminate by paying off (debts)


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ante up, pay, pay up

Narrower (hyponym)amortise, amortize, lift

3. pay off (possession) pay off (loans or promissory notes)


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)pay

4. pay off (possession) do or give something to somebody in return

SamplesDoes she pay you for the work you are doing?.

Synonymscompensate, make up, pay

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)settle

5. pay off (possession) pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor

Synonymsbuy off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)bribe, buy, corrupt, grease one's palms

Domain categorycrime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offence, offense

6. pay off (competition) take vengeance on or get even

SamplesWe'll get them!.
That'll fix him good!.
This time I got him.

Synonymsfix, get, pay back

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)get back, get even

Verb grouppay

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