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Definitions for payoff
ˈpeɪˌɔf, -ˌɒfpay·off

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. payoff, final paymentnoun

    the final payment of a debt

  2. bribe, payoffnoun

    payment made to a person in a position of trust to corrupt his judgment

  3. return, issue, take, takings, proceeds, yield, payoffnoun

    the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property

    "the average return was about 5%"

  4. wages, reward, payoffnoun

    a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing

    "the wages of sin is death"; "virtue is its own reward"


  1. payoffnoun

    profit or gain from an action; -- used broadly; as, lots of effort with little payoff.

  2. payoffnoun

    retribution, payback.

  3. payoffnoun

    The act of giving or receiving money or other valuable consideration as a bribe.

  4. payoffnoun

    The money or item given as a bribe.

  5. payoffnoun

    same as compensation 2.

  6. payoffnoun

    The climax or final result of an event or endeavor; the denoument of a narrative.


  1. payoff

    Payoff refers to the benefit or outcome received from a situation or decision, especially in terms of monetary gain in business, investment, or strategic contexts. It could also mean the final return or result of a process, transaction, effort, or venture. A payoff can either be positive (profit) or negative (loss). In the context of debts or loans, payoff is the act of completely settling or paying off the full amount owed.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of payoff in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of payoff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of payoff in a Sentence

  1. Kelly McGonigal:

    Exercise is a way of practicing being good at stress. It's uncomfortable, but there's also the payoff.

  2. Edouard Lecerf:

    The European question has a way of crystallizing a whole series of discontents about institutions, policies and elites, with a high electoral payoff.

  3. United States:

    As alleged, Zottola Sr. set in motion a deadly plot to kill Zottola Sr. father and brother, with Bloods gang members carrying out extreme acts of violence to collect a payoff for the hits.

  4. Casey Lu Simon-Plumb:

    You don't have to kill yourself doing it if there's no payoff.

  5. Marc Owens:

    I never forgot what Travis Mills after a bomb told me and instilled in me, you work hard and you ’ll get the payoff and then we do a 10-second happy dance.

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