giveback

1 of 2

noun

give·​back ˈgiv-ˌbak How to pronounce giveback (audio)
: a previous gain (such as an increase in wages or benefits) given back to management by workers (as in a labor contract)

give back

2 of 2

verb

gave back; given back; giving back; gives back

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 backP. 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.
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Noun
However, Microsoft did not seek any tax concessions or other givebacks from the village in the development agreement that accompanied its second, larger land purchase. Karl Ebert, Journal Sentinel, 14 May 2024 What are your thoughts on a giveback to an animal shelter? John Tufts, The Indianapolis Star, 14 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for giveback 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1978, in the meaning defined above

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of giveback was in the 13th century

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“Giveback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/giveback. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

giveback

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