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 While not included in the buyout package, the resort also has its own spa and fitness center. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "You Can Buy Out This Brand New Resort in the Bahamas for $32,000 a Night — Here’s What You Get," 10 July 2020 Others are taking the buyout now over fears that eventually their departure won't be voluntary. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "The buyouts are here," 7 July 2020 Or negotiate an early buyout of his existing contract and bring in fresh leadership? oregonlive, "Canzano: Pac-12 presidents and chancellors put the squeeze on conference headquarters," 6 July 2020 His contract had guaranteed him $1.25 million this year before the season was cut short, a base salary of $750,000 and a $500,000 buyout if his $2-million option for 2021 wasn’t vested. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers pitcher Jimmy Nelson set to undergo lumbar surgery," 6 July 2020 Most vessels are available for exclusive buyout, though that doesn’t result in much cost savings. Elizabeth Heath, Washington Post, "Why this may be the moment for a micro cruise," 2 July 2020 The buyout industry has spent years building up its dry powder, or money that investors have committed to private-equity funds that hasn’t yet been spent. Chris Cumming, WSJ, "Private Equity’s Trillion-Dollar Piggy Bank Holds Little for Struggling Companies," 28 June 2020 That large gap was the result of differences in language for how to formulate the buyout between Bielema’s initial contract with Arkansas and subsequent extensions. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Former Arkansas coach Bret Bielema files lawsuit against Razorback Foundation alleging it violated buyout agreement," 12 June 2020 And with more employers putting similar offers on the table, or expanding offers already made, this is likely only the beginning of what could become a buyout summer for the US economy. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Thousands of people are volunteering to be laid off," 4 June 2020

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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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The first known use of buyout was in 1598

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“Buyout.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of buyout

: the act of gaining control of a company by buying the parts of it you do not own


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

Legal Definition of buyout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act or instance of buying out

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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