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)

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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

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 Best known for his Tony Award-winning performance as Aaron Burr in Broadway’s Hamilton, Odom has found a way to give back to his hometown community through storytelling. Brandon T. Harden,, "Tony Award winner Leslie Odom Jr. dishes on new book, mentorship, and knowing your worth," 27 Mar. 2018 Oubre, who spent his early years in New Orleans and moved away at age 9 after Hurricane Katrina, awarded the grants to 10 seniors from his father's alma mater as a way to give back to his hometown. William Guillory,, "New Orleans native Kelly Oubre Jr. gives scholarships to 10 students: report," 10 Mar. 2018 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

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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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