Definition of Payoff in English :

Define Payoff in English

Payoff meaning in English

Meaning of Payoff in English

Pronunciation of Payoff in English

Payoff pronunciation in English

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1. final payment, payoff

the final payment of a debt

2. bribe, payoff

payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt his judgment

3. issue, payoff, proceeds, return, take, takings, yield

the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property

Example Sentences:
'the average return was about 5%'

4. payoff, reward, wages

a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing

Example Sentences:
'the wages of sin is death'
'virtue is its own reward'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of payoff
a benefit or advantage
You're doing what you really love to do, which is making music. That's the payoff.
The payoffs from such a breakthrough would be enormous.
If such materials became generally available to the optics industry, the payoffs from such a breakthrough would be enormous.
a payment or bribe
The soldiers supplement their incomes with payoffs from drugs exporters.
money paid to an employee who has been made redundant, etc
The ousted chairman received a £1.5 million payoff from the loss-making oil company.

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see synonyms of payoff
the act, event, or time of payment
a settlement or reckoning
that which is paid off; return: recompense
4.  Informal
a bribe
5.  Informal
something coming as a climax or culmination to a series of events, esp. when unexpected

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of payoff
1. The return on an investment.
2. The discharge of a debt or obligation.
3. The benefit gained as the result of a previous action.
4. The climax of a narrative or sequence of events.
5. An amount paid to a plaintiff to settle a lawsuit out of court.
6. A bribe.

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