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present tense
I/you/we/theypay off
he/she/itpays off
present participlepaying off
past tensepaid off
past participlepaid off
  1. 1
    [intransitive] if something that you do pays off, it brings you some benefit

    All those weeks of studying will pay off when you take the exam.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to give someone all the money that you have borrowed from them to buy something

    Only another six months and the house will be paid off.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to stop employing a worker and give them any money that they are owed

    Over 1,000 workers will be paid off if this factory closes.

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