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

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

Examples of buyback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web BUSINESS Tencent Music Entertainment’s board of directors has approved a buyback plan that could see the company repurchase up to $400 million of its shares. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Tencent Music Discloses Plan to Buy Back Up to $400 Million Worth of Shares," 17 Dec. 2019 O'Rourke believes that most people would follow the law and turn their weapons in under his proposal for a mandatory buyback program and assault weapons ban. Lisa Marie Pane, Anchorage Daily News, "In gun buyback talk, how do you round up so many weapons?," 23 Sep. 2019 Its previous buyback plan, unveiled in September 2016, was also for $40 billion. Los Angeles Times, "Microsoft unveils $40-billion stock buyback and boosts dividend," 18 Sep. 2019 The shareholders wanted GameStop to raise its current stock buyback plans to $700 million. Patrick Thomas, WSJ, "GameStop CFO Leaving Company in Leadership Shake-up," 30 May 2019 Across the pond, BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell Plc flubbed resetting expectations on dividends and buybacks. Liam Denning | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "Chevron Ushers in Oil’s Era of the Sober-Major," 11 Dec. 2019 In September, Elliott Management asked the company to stop striking new acquisitions, to increase dividends and share buybacks and to improve its efficiency by cutting workers and selling off underperforming divisions like DirecTV., "AT&T CEO to stay on for another year after challenge from activist fund - The Boston Globe," 29 Oct. 2019 An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the Fed had already changed its assumptions on dividends and buybacks. Aaron Back, WSJ, "A New Source of Stress for Banks," 20 June 2019 Vivendi could spend part of the Tencent money to make acquisitions, although Vivendi has indicated some of the funds will be returned to investors in the form of share buybacks. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, "Why Universal Music Group's Q3 Earnings Bode Well for the Rest of the Business," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of buyback

1954, in the meaning defined above

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“Buyback.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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