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present tense
I/you/we/theypay out
he/she/itpays out
present participlepaying out
past tensepaid out
past participlepaid out
  1. 1
    [transitive] to spend or pay money, especially a lot of money

    We've paid out thousands of pounds in health insurance over the years.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of pay out
    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to provide money from an amount invested over a period of time

      It'll be a few years before our investments start paying out.

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