Meaning: to pay a sum of money to somebody, especially a large sumSynonym: shell out
- pay sth out If you win the lottery, they'll pay the money out in installments over several years.
- pay out sth Most insurance companies will try to find any reason they can to avoid paying out claims to their customers.
pay out: award, compensation, prize money, winnings, reward, lump sum, insurance claim
Insurance companies sometimes try to avoid paying out claims because they want to