Which formal word would be used instead of the phrasal verb " to pay off"

Most of the time, such as large investment schemes can need a substantial amount of money, and it could take years to finish and pay off?

  • Profitable is the first word came to my mind, but it doesn't sound very neat if we plug it into your sentence, I think. And it'll need a be, too. Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 8:12
  • "Be profitable" or "get results".
    – V.V.
    Commented Dec 31, 2016 at 10:40

3 Answers 3


"break even".

In the sense in which you want to use "pay off" I take it that you want to express that the business has met its obligations and will soon start turning profitable.


The word you may be looking for is

payout - is the expected financial return from an investment over a given period of time; it may be expressed on an overall or periodic basis as either a percentage of the investment's cost or in a real dollar amount.


Quittance - link

Discharge might also work. I prefer it.

He discharged his debt over a period of a few years.

"The indentured servant obtained a quittance from his master stating he was free to leave and was no longer required to work"

Quittance is very old-fashioned. Discharged is more current in usage.

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