giveback

noun
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

verb

Definition of give back (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to send in return or reply : restore, return

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And speaking of the fans, KJ’s also part of a new project that’s giving back to both fans and furry friends. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "KJ Apa Says Archie Is on "His Own Mission" in "Riverdale" Season 3 Part 2," 18 Dec. 2018 While in late 2017 and early 2018, US stocks rallied, the markets have since become rockier, and major indexes have given back their post-tax bill gains. Emily Stewart, Vox, "What the Republican tax bill did — and didn’t — do, one year later," 18 Dec. 2018 Lend a hand at a food or clothing drive or try serving at a soup kitchen to see how giving back can affect your own mood. Emily Chiu, Redbook, "6 Simple Things That Help Me Deal With Holiday Depression," 29 Nov. 2018 Our program encourages students to get involved in the community and to give back. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Beauty school partners with Elgin nonprofit to help the homeless," 31 May 2018 Gratitude and giving back are a daily part of the Nashville couple's lives. Marie Milano, Country Living, "How Dierks Bentley and Cassidy Black Went From Childhood Sweethearts to Husband and Wife," 13 Nov. 2018 Good American does so to offer size-inclusive jeans; Outland, to give back to different causes; Warp + Weft, to design collections that sustainable and inclusive. Laura Lajiness, Glamour, "5 New Denim Brands That Are Diversifying the Market—And Changing the Game," 20 Aug. 2018 Gorgo said shortly after becoming a chapter in Janurary, group members began looking for ways to get active and give back. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Why The Satanic Temple Indiana adopted a stretch of highway in Boone County," 12 July 2018 In 2012, the 92nd Street Y in New York and the United Nations Foundation introduced Giving Tuesday — the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving — with the hope that after several days of big sales and commercial deals, there’d be interest in giving back. Vox, "Giving Tuesday 2018: news and updates," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of giveback

Noun

1978, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1548, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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giveback

noun

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

giveback

noun
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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