giveback

noun
give·​back | \ ˈgiv-ˌbak How to pronounce giveback (audio) \

Definition of giveback

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a previous gain (such as an increase in wages or benefits) given back to management by workers (as in a labor contract)

give back

verb

Definition of give back (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to send in return or reply : restore, return

Examples of giveback in a Sentence

Noun

The union had to agree to certain givebacks in order to save the jobs of all its members.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Accounted for in this year’s budget is about $10 million in corporate donations and another $10 million in union givebacks. Matthew Ormseth, Courant Community, "With Council Approval, Hartford's $570 Million Budget Heads To Oversight Panel," 30 May 2018 Those savings stem from givebacks in new union contracts agreed to over the last two years. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Five Takeaways From Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin's New Budget," 17 Apr. 2018 Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, isn't up for election until the fall of 2019, and as such, may have more reason to try to extend negotiations in an effort to lessen any givebacks. Don Lee, latimes.com, "Trump is pushing hard to reach NAFTA agreement, both with trading partners and with Congress," 24 Apr. 2018 Most of Hartford’s unions have agreed to substantial givebacks over the last two years, but the city is still negotiating with two groups. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin's Budget Will Face New Scrutiny From Oversight Board," 15 Apr. 2018 Bronin’s budget includes $10 million in savings from union givebacks that were agreed to over the last two years. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin Releases Spending Plan Amid State Scrutiny," 16 Apr. 2018 Teachers and administrators have already agreed to givebacks in their contracts, including a higher deductible for health insurance, said McKenna. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Plainfield, Griswold Grapple With ECS Funding Cuts," 14 Dec. 2017 In his letter to Malloy and lawmakers, Bronin has asked the state to help the city put pressure on bondholders by making new money contingent on Wall Street givebacks. Jenna Carlesso, Courant Community, "Bond Insurer: Hartford Bankruptcy Would Be 'Black Eye' For State," 25 Sep. 2017 The real question here is what kind of giveback do the Rams get for doing the deal now? Albert Breer, SI.com, "10 Things I Think I Think About NFL Roster Cutdown Day," 3 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Benjamin made time for giving back to the larger community and served in a variety of volunteer capacities including as President of the Lions Club. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Benjamin Goldberg," 12 July 2018 In some cases, it’s alumni who want to give back to their alma maters. Daniel Grant, WSJ, "Art Donors Increasingly Look to University Museums," 10 Feb. 2019 However, its negative qualities can be lessen by giving back to the community. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Basics of Numerology: How to Calculate Your Life Path and Destiny Numbers," 16 July 2018 Well, for me especially, being able to help other people give back, being able to lend a voice to those who might not have one, or fight for justice where it's not found or it's being threatened—that is its own invaluable reward. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Amber Heard Is Really Sick of the Dumb Blonde Cliché," 6 Jan. 2019 Even as Jordan's guardian ad litem fought against his return to his mother out of foster care, records show, a case manager for a state contractor pushed for the boy to be given back to Stinson. Fox News, "Details of Florida boy's short, troubled life emerge," 7 Sep. 2018 Some of the books reflect his strong moral compass and convey the importance of integrity and giving back to the institutions that helped educate and nurture him. Burton G. Malkiel, WSJ, "The Secrets of Jack Bogle’s Investment Success," 17 Jan. 2019 While all from different parts of the world, these women are united by their simple desire to give back. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle in 2018: Why the Duchess of Success Is Just Getting Started," 31 Dec. 2018 The couple is now involving their children in their efforts to give back. Marie Milano, Country Living, "How Dierks Bentley and Cassidy Black Went From Childhood Sweethearts to Husband and Wife," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of giveback

Noun

1978, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1548, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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giveback

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English Language Learners Definition of giveback

US, business : a previous gain (such as increased wages or benefits) that is given back to a company by workers as part of an agreement

giveback

noun
give·​back | \ ˈgiv-ˌbak How to pronounce giveback (audio) \

Legal Definition of giveback

: a previous gain (as an increase in wages or benefits) given back to management by workers (as in a labor contract)

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