pay·​out | \ˈpā-ˌau̇t \

Definition of payout 

: the act of paying out : payoff

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Forecasting the future payout for long-term-care policies can prove particularly difficult. Ezequiel Minaya, WSJ, "Long-Term Care Insurance Policies Weigh Down GE and Other Companies," 3 Dec. 2018 Anger over the payouts added to mounting frustration within the company over Google’s ethics and lack of transparency on other matters. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "House Democrats have a sweeping plan to protect millions of workers’ legal rights," 14 Nov. 2018 The Los Angeles judge ordered the payout the same day a separate ruling came down evicting Eagan Avenatti LLC from its office space in Southern California after four months of unpaid rent. Amanda Lee Myers, The Seattle Times, "Judge: Michael Avenatti must pay $4.85M in ex-lawyer’s suit," 23 Oct. 2018 The ruling comes two years after Archdiocese officials informed several hundred teachers that their pensions would be eliminated because payouts exceeded contributions, which led to the lawsuit. Danica Coto, Fox News, "Puerto Rico Archdiocese files for bankruptcy amid lawsuit," 29 Aug. 2018 While 10% of profits go to help the foundation continue its work, 80% goes to a 529 account set up for the students, and the remaining 10% goes to the kids directly — an instant payout. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Autumn de Forest and Aussie Hair Care Team Up for Wynwood Walls Mural in Miami," 28 Aug. 2018 The independent exploration and production company has focused on satiating the desires of Wall Street for much of the past two years dating back to the oil bust with programs to increase dividend payouts to investors and to reduce corporate debt. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "ConocoPhillips boosts share repurchasing by another $1 billion," 12 July 2018 At least 17 retirees received additional lump sum payouts for unused vacation and sick time, ranging from about $7,600 to $80,000. Matt Rocheleau,, "As State Police overtime probe intensifies, troopers race to lock in pensions and retire," 2 July 2018 The Journal Sentinel reported last fall that police misconduct has cost Milwaukee taxpayers at least $17 million in legal settlements since 2015, forcing the city to borrow money to make the payouts amid an ever-tightening budget. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "City of Milwaukee aims to cap consultant fees for stop-and-frisk lawsuit at $1.5 million," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of payout

1943, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of payout

: a usually large amount of money that is given to someone

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