Phrasal Verbs with 'Pay'

Pay back

Repay money borrowed

Example: I PAID BACK the twenty pounds I'd borrowed.

Pay back

Take revenge on

Example: I'm going to PAY him BACK for that insult.

Pay down

Pay a debt over time

Example: The British government can't PAY DOWN the national debt.

Pay for


Example: I PAID twenty pounds FOR the book.

Pay into

Deposit money

Example: I PAID the cash INTO my account.

Pay off

Completely repay a debt

Example: The mortgage will be PAID OFF in twenty-five years.

Pay off

Produce a profitable or successful result

Example: Their patience PAID OFF when he finally showed up and signed the contract.