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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

gave back; given back; giving back; gives back

Definition of give back (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to provide help or financial assistance to others in appreciation of one's own success or good fortune … Gardner has refined the art of giving back by plowing 10 percent or more of his earnings into school and educational projects.— Ernest Holsendolph No longer on the fringes of travel, voluntourism has attracted increasing numbers of travelers looking to learn new skills, meet people, and give back to the global community.— Manya Chylinski The community had people with time to volunteer and give back.— Joshua Macht
2 archaic : retire, retreat … the enemy gave back— P. G. Wodehouse … it is certain that he gave back and ordered his soldiers to commence a slow and guarded retreat.— Nathaniel Hawthorne

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 Causes benefit as members of our community shop too, with an automatic giveback of at least 3% to nonprofit partners. Afdhel Aziz, Forbes, "How Kindhumans Is Creating A Marketplace For Supercool, Socially-Conscious Gifts," 26 Apr. 2021 Excluding: fine jewelry, sterling silver collection and giveback products. Micolette Davis, Chron, "Need gift ideas? Here's your one-stop-shop for holiday deals in H-Town," 24 Nov. 2020 Automakers have been offering incentives averaging about $5,000 on the typical new vehicle, with the givebacks on full-size pickups running well above $7,000, whether in the form of rebates, zero-interest loans or other deals. NBC News, "Trump deems places of worship 'essential'," 23 May 2020 The small-business uproar helps explain why so many of the givebacks are now flowing through JPMorgan. Greg Farrell,, "JPMorgan’s Publicly Traded Clients Give Back the Most PPP Loans," 10 May 2020 These were givebacks of land Israel had gained in wars started and lost by the Arabs (1948, 1967). Conrad Black, National Review, "Soleimani Killing: A Change for the Better?," 15 Jan. 2020 Every volunteer or giveback effort matters, but this night was special. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Timberwolves’ annual Shopping for Kids event special for all involved," 24 Dec. 2019 The idea was simple: give back unneeded money to the taxpayers and provide incentives for lawmakers to increase that giveback by holding down spending, according to news accounts at the time. Rich Exner,, "Ohio used to simply refund money to taxpayers when it collected too much," 18 June 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nachlas, a surgical nurse, and her husband Nathan, facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in Boca Raton, along with the Luciano and Friedman families, also of Boca Raton, began SafeSun in 2013 as a way to give back to the community. Gary Curreri,, "Sun safety focus of Run From The Rays event slated for April 25," 14 Apr. 2021 While brainstorming a way to give back to the community, Marcy Kelly tossed ideas around with her customers while teasing their hair at her Marcy’s House of Beauty salon. Steve Smith,, "Marcy’s House of Beauty to feed homeless on New Year’s Eve," 18 Dec. 2020 For as a way to give back to healthcare workers, teachers and various programs in need. NBC News, "10 women-owned businesses Know Your Value loves this holiday season," 16 Dec. 2020 The Lasagna Lady said the idea to use meals as a way to give back came to her in October. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, ""The Lasagna Lady" cooking up 1,000 meals for local families this holiday season," 11 Dec. 2020 Looking for something personalized and a way to give back? Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "20 retailers giving back to the community for Giving Tuesday," 1 Dec. 2020 Bravo said the event was a way to give back to a deserving industry highly affected by change. Vincent T. Davis,, "Firstmark Credit Union honors teachers for dedication to students during pandemic," 7 Nov. 2020 Additionally, Bonadies believes the restaurant industry has pricing power for the first time in decades, which will help carve out revenue to give back. Danielle Bernabe, Fortune, "The next steps for reopening restaurants and bringing communities back together," 10 Apr. 2021 Nevertheless, the pandemic already led auto insurers to give back approximately 15% of drivers’ premiums for some months last year — a collective refund of about $14 billion. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "A coronavirus-related refund might be coming your way soon," 23 Mar. 2021

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1978, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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


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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