pay out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb
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.

    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.

  2. 2
    [transitive] if you pay out a rope, you gradually let it become straight and long so that it is no longer wound in a series of circles
See also main entry: pay