from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Full payment of a salary or wages.
  • n. The time of such payment.
  • n. Informal A final settlement or reckoning.
  • n. Informal The climax of a narrative or sequence of events.
  • n. Final retribution or revenge.
  • n. Informal A bribe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Alternative spelling of pay-off.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. profit or gain from an action; -- used broadly.
  • n. retribution, payback.
  • n. The act of giving or receiving money or other valuable consideration as a bribe.
  • n. The money or item given as a bribe.
  • n. same as compensation 2.
  • n. The climax or final result of an event or endeavor; the denoument of a narrative.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor
  • v. pay off (loans or promissory notes)
  • v. take vengeance on or get even
  • v. yield a profit or result
  • v. do or give something to somebody in return
  • v. eliminate by paying off (debts)
  • n. the final payment of a debt
  • n. payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt his judgment
  • n. a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing
  • n. the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property


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