buy·​back | \ ˈbī-ˌbak How to pronounce buyback (audio) \

Definition of buyback

: the act or an instance of buying something back In Boston and other cities, gun buyback programs dramatically call attention to the profusion of firearms among the young …— Diane Weathers Talks of a potential buyback come as Volkswagen and federal regulators discuss ways to bring the more than half-million affected Volkswagen cars in the US up to current emissions standards.— Bryan Logan especially : the repurchase by a corporation of shares of its own common stock usually on the open market Most corporate buybacks involve a repurchase by a company of part of its outstanding common stock at a fixed price, which is normally sufficiently higher than the market price to attract the desired number of shares. — Leonard Sloane This stock buyback boom, while obscure to much of the public, has become one of the most pervasive and divisive practices in corporate America. — Michael Kranish

Examples of buyback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bank said a planned £1 billion share buyback program would be delayed until discussions with the SEC about the potential restatement of 2021 financials related to the debt-sale mishap are concluded. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2022 The gun-buyback event will take place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, located at 475 S. 300 East in Salt Lake City. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 June 2022 Within a month of the massacre, Ardern led an overhaul of New Zealand’s gun laws that included banning most semi-automatic and military-style weapons and starting a buyback program that brought in 50,000 weapons. Brian Bennett, Time, 1 June 2022 Canada had initiated a 2020 law banning assault-style firearms but offered a gun buyback program to those who possessed the weapons. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 31 May 2022 Canada already has plans to ban 1,500 types of military-style firearms and offer a mandatory buyback program that will begin at the end of the year. Rob Gillies, Chron, 30 May 2022 Additionally, the poll found that 52% support a mandatory buyback program in which the government would require owners to turn in their assault weapons in exchange for payment. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 27 May 2022 Some companies, including Starbucks Corp. , in recent months suspended billion-dollar share-buyback programs to free up cash. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, 23 May 2022 Starbucks founder Howard Schultz suspended a share-buyback plan to mark the start of his latest spell as chief executive officer, saying the cash could be better spent on stores and staff., 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of buyback

1954, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jun 2022

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“Buyback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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buy·​back | \ ˈbī-ˌbak How to pronounce buyback (audio) \

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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