buy·​out | \ ˈbī-ˌau̇t How to pronounce buyout (audio) \

Definition of buyout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of buying out
2 : a financial incentive offered to an employee in exchange for an early retirement or voluntary resignation

buy out

bought out; buying out; buys out

Definition of buy out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to purchase the share or interest of
2 : to purchase the entire stock-in-trade and the goodwill of (a business)

Examples of buyout in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wall reached a buyout with the Houston Rockets in the offseason and signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2022 Charles, the former MVP and league-leading scorer, left midyear in a buyout, forcing her former teammates to scramble to save their season. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 23 July 2022 The Pistons are expected to reach a buyout with Walker. Tony Garcia, Detroit Free Press, 24 June 2022 Australian pension manager Commonwealth Super planned to participate in the buyout of Uniti with an investment of about A$400 million, the Australian Financial Review reported on Tuesday, citing unidentified people. Harry Brumpton,, 12 Apr. 2022 The Ricketts family went public with its interest in the buyout with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich forced to sell up after he was sanctioned by the British government and banned by the Premier League. Rob Harris,, 16 Mar. 2022 So Griffin’s agent Sam Goldfeder and the Pistons agreed to a reduction in salary, amount yet to be disclosed, to secure his buyout and a future with another contending team. Shlomo Sprung, Forbes, 5 Mar. 2021 The deal with the 25-year-old includes a $20 million club option for 2033 with no buyout, which could make the agreement worth $232 million over 11 seasons. Creg Stephenson |, al, 2 Aug. 2022 However, after the company and Musk reached a buyout agreement, the Tesla CEO has repeatedly called the bot number into question and demanded data to do his own verification. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 6 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of buyout


1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Sep 2022

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buy·​out | \ ˈbī-ˌau̇t How to pronounce buyout (audio) \

Legal Definition of buyout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act or instance of buying out

buy out

transitive verb

Legal Definition of buy out (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to purchase the share or interest of
2 : to purchase the entire tangible and intangible assets of (a business)

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