buy·back | \ˈbī-ˌbak \

Definition of buyback 

: the act or an instance of buying something back especially : the repurchase by a corporation of shares of its own common stock on the open market

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Broadcom has committed to returning to shareholders half of trailing 12-month free cash flow in the form of dividends, using the rest for buybacks and acquisitions. Ted Greenwald, WSJ, "Broadcom to Buy CA Technologies for $18.9 Billion," 11 July 2018 Hardly: From 2014 through 2016, American had authorized $9 billion in share buybacks to fatten the shareholders’ take. Michael Hiltzik,, "Employers will do almost anything to find workers to fill jobs — except pay them more," 10 July 2018 Some campaigns push for a breakup or sale of the business; some for share buybacks or a seat on the board (activists won 65 board seats in the first quarter alone). Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Why Companies That Manage for The Long Term Perform Far Better. And Why Most Still Don’t," 21 May 2018 After years of borrowing for stock buybacks and company buyouts at extremely cheap rates, the tide is turning as the Federal Reserve raises its target rate and pulls stimulus. John Gittelsohn,, "Corporate America Will Bring Next Wave of Pain, Money Managers Warn," 6 Apr. 2018 To the extent that the retail investor is invested in the market, those buybacks are helpful for them also. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The first woman president of the NYSE would really rather not talk about her gender," 14 June 2018 Following the buyback the guns will be destroyed, Eddington said. Genevieve Bookwalter,, "Evanston police to host 'cash and carry' gun buyback, pay $100 per firearm," 7 June 2018 The weapons will be destroyed, said Fort Lauderdale police, who are hosting the buyback with New Mount Olive Baptist Church at 400 NW 9th Ave. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Firearms can be turned in, no questions asked, police say. Linda Trischitta,, "Gift cards for guns event Saturday in Fort Lauderdale," 9 May 2018 The department said the buyback shouldn’t be seen as a change in policy., "Bloomberg," 2 May 2018

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1954, in the meaning defined above

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buy·back | \ˈbī-ˌbak \

Legal Definition of buyback 

: an act or instance of buying something back especially : the repurchase by a corporation of shares of its own common stock on the open market

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