pay (someone) back
Definition of pay (someone) back
1 : to give (someone) the amount of money that one borrowed I lent him money and he never paid me back. I have to pay back my sister for that loan.
2 : to punish or hurt (someone who did something bad to one) I wanted to pay him back for all the pain he caused me. He's finally getting paid back for all the trouble he caused.
3 : to do something good for (someone who did something good for one) How can I pay you back for all your help?
Word by Word Definitions
: to make due return to for services rendered or property delivered
: to engage for money : hire
: to give in return for goods or service
: something paid for a purpose and especially as a salary or wage : remuneration
: the act or fact of paying or being paid
: the status of being paid by an employer : employ
: containing or leading to something precious or valuable
: equipped with a coin slot for receiving a fee for use
: requiring payment
: to coat with a waterproof composition
: some person : somebody
: the rear part of the human body especially from the neck to the end of the spine
: the body considered as the wearer of clothes
: capacity for labor, effort, or endurance
: to, toward, or at the rear
: in or into the past : backward in time
: being at or in the back
: distant from a central or main area
: articulated at or toward the back of the oral passage : formed deep within the mouth
: to support by material or moral assistance
: to assume financial responsibility for
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