Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “pay off something”

pay off something

(GIVE MONEY OWED) phrasal verb with pay    /peɪ/ verb (past tense and past participle paid  /peɪd/)
to give all of or the last part of an amount that you owe : I expect to pay the debt off within two years .
(Definition of pay off something (GIVE MONEY OWED) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of pay off something

Word of the Day


relating to behaviour between people that is pleasant and friendly, often despite a difficult situation

Word of the Day


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