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.

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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

Raising Men Lawn Care Service helps young people give back to their communities. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Man on a mission to mow lawns in all 50 states for a good cause," 11 June 2018 Turasky’s attorney Andrew Kelleher said Dattomo gave back his keys, agreed the lease was terminated and essentially abandoned the property in January. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin council OKs liquor license for Gifford's despite legal fight involving owner," 10 May 2018 Wall Street analysts expect the company to give back 68,000 postpaid phone accounts, according to Wells Fargo. Drew Fitzgerald, WSJ, "AT&T 1Q Earnings: What to Watch," 25 Apr. 2018 But any savings should be given back to customers, the officials said. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "The federal tax cuts might affect your Duke Energy bill," 23 Jan. 2018 One weekend a month, the folks at VU organize a large group give back session. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Do good then drink beer with Volunteering Untapped," 3 May 2017 Our own communities nearby need help; now is a great time to give back. Dom Amore,, "Simsbury's Bronson Starsiak Delivers The Sporting Goods Where Needed," 5 July 2018 The couple was looking for a way to give back after suffering two miscarriages. Mireya Villarreal, CBS News, "Los Angeles charity makes sure homeless kids get the birthday party they deserve," 2 July 2018 Brady said Portland saw the idea as a way to give back to loyal riders - Portland has 3,469 annual members - while also encouraging more riders as the weather heats up. Andrew Theen,, "A ride on Biketown's orange bicycles will be free in May," 24 Apr. 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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