Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “pay back something”

pay back something

verb phrasal verb with pay  /peɪ/ (past tense and past participle paid  /peɪd/) us  
to return money to someone from whom you have borrowed it: I’ll pay you back as soon as I get my next paycheck.
(Definition of pay back something from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of pay back something?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

beer mat

a small piece of cardboard that you put under a glass to protect a table surface in a pub or bar

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More