give·back | \ ˈgiv-ˌbak \

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


Definition of give back (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to send in return or reply : restore, return

Examples of giveback in a Sentence


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,, "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,, "10 Things I Think I Think About NFL Roster Cutdown Day," 3 Sep. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

His players haven’t been the only ones giving back. Christy Cabrera Chirinos,, "UM's Mark Richt earns spot on Dodd Trophy watch list for second straight year," 11 July 2018 As the tissue samples and DNA of more and more people are shared with researchers, the question of what information buried in those samples to give back is more pressing than ever. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Report advocates broader return of research results," 10 July 2018 But no explanation stopped the onslaught of reactions from social media users, including celebrities, who were inspired to make their own versions of Mrs. Trump’s jacket, voice their disproval and take this as an opportunity to give back. Colleen Kratofil,, "Celebrities React to Melania Trump's 'I Really Don't Care' Jacket: 'I Do Care Deeply'," 22 June 2018 The team has encouraged everyone with the program — players, managers and the rest of the front office — to come up with creative ways to give back to the city. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ryan Braun surprised some happy diners at Fuel Cafe by picking up the tab," 15 June 2018 Having an opportunity to give back to society and become a better person. Perry A. Farrell, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football: Jourdan Lewis enjoys chance to give back with camp," 28 May 2018 The Dixons believe in giving back to the community and have a long history of partnering with the college in support of scholarships and programming – including naming the Dixie Construction Fitness Center in the Susquehanna Center. The Aegis, "Harford Community College celebrates 60th graduation Thursday," 25 May 2018 Local students are in the process of creating hundreds of bowls in an effort to give back to The Woodlands community. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "John Cooper School students fight hunger with Empty Bowls," 8 Feb. 2018 As well as borrowing and reimagining the city's architectural tropes, Bulgari also chooses to give back. Alice B-b, A-LIST, "No Place Like Rome," 4 July 2018

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1978, in the meaning defined above


1548, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of giveback

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 \

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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