pay·​out | \ ˈpā-ˌau̇t How to pronounce payout (audio) \

Definition of payout

: the act of paying out : payoff

Examples of payout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Gators will pay Mullen a $12 million buyout spread over seven installments, with a $6 million payout coming within 30 days, according to The Associated Press. Mark Heim |, al, 21 Nov. 2021 Texas A&M agreed to play nonconference neighbor Prairie View infrequently, as A&M chancellor John Sharp said, to keep the payout of about $500,000 within the system. Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Nov. 2021 Plus the Jackpot Super Hi-5, Daily Double and the popular Pick 3, 4 and added Pick 5’s with guaranteed prize pools will provide more opportunities for a big payout and score. Jay Ginsbach, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 That's good advice, as even lottery winners who wind up with a big payout don't necessarily find happiness. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 31 Oct. 2021 The chances of a big payout have also receded as GameStop shares have fallen into a pattern of gradual falls and the odd sharp rise. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, 17 Aug. 2021 Still, the sophomore was clear that focusing on basketball doesn’t mean foregoing the big payout newly available to her. Alex Putterman,, 8 July 2021 But the practice of targeting specific companies and organizations in hopes of a big payout started to take off in 2019, said Allan Liska, an analyst at the cybersecurity company Recorded Future. NBC News, 11 June 2021 But the odds of scoring a big payout are still exceedingly low for any particular ticket buyer. oregonlive, 20 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of payout

1943, in the meaning defined above

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2 Dec 2021

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“Payout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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