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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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In addition, the Reyeses give back to cultures represented in tiki. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, "New Dallas tiki restaurant Swizzle offers escapism as well as an education on island cultures," 30 Dec. 2020 Travel lovers can give back and get a gift in return by donating to a conservation project via Next Adventure. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Last-minute Ways to Give Back for the Holidays," 22 Dec. 2020 Mennello felt strongly that those with means should give back, once publicly berating the comedian Carrot Top, who was living in Central Florida at the time, for not contributing to local arts organizations. Matthew J. Palm,, "Art museum founder, elegant party host Michael Mennello dies at 87," 19 Dec. 2020 Taking their model to the next level, Pear and Saint-Massey give 10% of sales to a new charity each month while hosting community cause events, international give back trips and more. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix-based Only Human apparel company finds success by doing good for good causes," 27 Nov. 2020 This #GivingTuesday, why not give back to the restaurant and hospitality industry with the purchase of a one-of-a-kind bourbon? Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "Maker's Mark crafts first-of-its-kind blended bourbon using 37 different private recipes," 26 Nov. 2020 To that point, our favorite gifts this holiday are not only highly covetable in their own right, but give back, too. Rachel Besser, Vogue, "This Year, Give Gifts That Do Good," 26 Nov. 2020 Youth Community Agency was created to remind people about the teenage mothers that go forgotten about and to encourage other entrepreneurs/organizations to give back to the Detroit community, to show the importance of giving back! Rachaell Davis, Essence, "Angels Among Us: Meet The Fall 2020 ESSENCE Essential Heroes Honorees," 18 Nov. 2020 The agreement calls for Armenia to give back the seven provinces around Nagorno-Karabakh to Azerbaijan, for the withdrawal of Armenian forces and for the return of some 800,000 people displaced from the enclave and adjacent territories. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Around Nagorno-Karabakh, an all-out media war unfolds," 10 Nov. 2020

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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


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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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