buyout

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noun

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

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verb

bought out; buying out; buys out

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

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Noun
While the team was quiet at the trade deadline, Spencer Dinwiddie, regarded as the top player on the buyout market, debuted with his hometown team and scored six points to go with seven assists in a bench-high 31 minutes. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 Morey said there typically haven't been as many enticing frontcourt players on the buyout market as there are at other positions. Bryan Toporek, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Private equity funds last year returned the lowest amount of cash to their investors since the financial crisis 15 years ago, according to Raymond James Financial Inc., hampering buyout firms in their efforts to launch new investment vehicles. Swetha Gopinath, Fortune, 12 Feb. 2024 The founding family of Tod’s SpA is teaming up with buyout firm L Catterton in a new attempt to take the company private, with a bid that values the Italian luxury brand at about €1.4 billion ($1.5 billion). Flavia Rotondi, Fortune Europe, 12 Feb. 2024 The Heat, which has an open spot on its 15-man roster, could add a guard to provide some depth at the position through free agency/the buyout market. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 12 Feb. 2024 The city is still on the hook for $24 million in prior rent paid for the vacant building and the $86 million buyout — the cash value of the remaining lease term. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Feb. 2024 But the Wolves are also expected to be active in the buyout market. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, 8 Feb. 2024 That said, his contract includes a $5 million buyout — a steep price, even for his alma mater across the Bay. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 7 Feb. 2024
Verb
Warners and Liberty Global had been looking at a sale of All3Media to a third party but also considered having one of them buying out the other’s 50 percent stake. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Feb. 2024 Under the leadership of general manager John Hart years ago, the Cleveland Indians bought out the arbitration years of young players with nice, inflated contracts. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 In 2016, 21 years after Jackson and Sony formed Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Sony bought out his half of the company in a deal netting the Jackson estate $750 million. Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 9 Feb. 2024 Japanese tech firm SoftBank bought out 80 percent of the company later that year. Emma Roth, The Verge, 6 Feb. 2024 There is a slightly different wrinkle now with getting bought out, though. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 24 Jan. 2024 But their holiday cheer is threatened when her aunt and uncle’s quaint inn is in danger of being bought out by a soulless chain. EW.com, 24 Nov. 2023 These deals included the merger of Eutelsat and OneWeb, Viasat's acquisition of Inmarsat, and L3Harris buying out Aerojet Rocketdyne. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 17 Jan. 2024 Interestingly, customers bought out the entire $3,995 Macintosh XL run within five months of its release, and even though customers were hungry for more, Apple had no intention of manufacturing any more Lisa-like machines. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 24 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1907, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of buyout was in 1598

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“Buyout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buyout. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition

buyout

1 of 2 noun
buy·​out ˈbī-ˌau̇t How to pronounce buyout (audio)
: an act or instance of buying out

buy out

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

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