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[pey-out] /ˈpeɪˌaʊt/
an act or instance of paying, expending, or disbursing.
money paid, expended, or disbursed, as a dividend or winning:
He went to the betting window to collect his payout.
Origin of payout
1900-05; noun use of verb phrase pay out Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The second race to the moon has begun-and this time there will be a big cash payout for the winner.
  • The cost is low and so are the odds of discovery, but the payout would be tremendous.
  • Whether the machine pays out lots of little prizes or a few big ones, the payout level is generally set by law.
  • Dividend cuts would not help much: these firms sensibly stuck to stingy payout policies.
  • Paying a pension for longer is much more expensive, particularly if the payout is linked to inflation.
  • Companies have reduced the payout ratio without growing earnings sufficiently to compensate.
  • In fact many of them were voluntary with people getting a good payout and leaving happily.
  • The game with the best payout odds, by the way: craps.
  • The company said that after the ruling it was reviewing its dividend payout to shareholders.
  • In the second group, the payout was tied to the performance of the entire school.
British Dictionary definitions for payout

pay out

verb (adverb)
to distribute (money); disburse
(transitive) to release (a rope) gradually, hand over hand
(transitive) to retaliate against
a sum of money paid out
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Word Origin and History for payout

1904, from pay (v.) + out. Originally in reference to oil wells that produced enough to justify the expense of drilling them.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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