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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 The governor’s office estimates the one-time giveback will cost the state $520 million, but the Department of Revenue could not provide an estimate of how many taxpayers will receive a check or what the average amount would be. Dan Petrella,, 19 Apr. 2022 One hangup appears to be MLB’s desire for an international draft with the giveback being the elimination of qualifying offers and draft pick compensation for free agents. Joe Noga, cleveland, 9 Mar. 2022 To commemorate the grand opening, Smashburger will host a community giveback event with The Bridge Teen Center, a nonprofit community center that provides free programs and events for teens from neighboring communities. Bob Bong,, 14 Dec. 2021 Our audience of parents, teachers and Gen Z consumers are passionate about using brands that have a giveback component. David Hessekiel, Forbes, 25 May 2021 From the giveback side, there is and will be an endless need to provide blankets to homeless shelters and people affected by natural disasters over the years. David Hessekiel, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Crossroads Church has taken part in local community giveback efforts in the past, such as distributing free Thanksgiving meals during Fall Feast. Kaitlin Lewis, The Enquirer, 23 May 2021 Causes benefit as members of our community shop too, with an automatic giveback of at least 3% to nonprofit partners. Afdhel Aziz, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 Excluding: fine jewelry, sterling silver collection and giveback products. Micolette Davis, Chron, 24 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Every now and then, someone captures the heart of the nation with their zest for life & tenacious desire to give back to society. Stephanie Petit,, 11 May 2022 New Hampshire fifth grader Jackson Gilchrist felt the call to give back to his community by donating his entire piggy bank funds to his local fire department. Fox News, 6 Apr. 2022 Another ambition of his, to establish a butchering mentorship program, stems from a wish to give back to his community. Matthew Cook, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 Heiser believes in the power of generativity, the desire to give back. Dr. Ruth Gotian, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 For many families, like the Liberatos of Rockville, the holidays are a natural time to involve their kids in their efforts to give back. Washington Post, 23 Dec. 2021 As co-president of the Spanish Club, Padua Franciscan High School senior Matthew Harley said CFO is a demonstration of his Catholic faith and the Franciscan mission to give back to those in need. John Benson, cleveland, 15 Dec. 2021 Mack’s effort to give back landed him on that stage at Turner Hall earlier this month. Talis Shelbourne, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Dec. 2021 Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday is that opportunity to give back to others. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of giveback


1978, in the meaning defined above


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Giveback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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