giveback

noun
give·​back | \ ˈgiv-ˌbak How to pronounce giveback (audio) \

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
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 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, cleveland.com, "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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Big Sean continues to give back to his community, this time donating a $100,000 recording studio to a Detroit boys and girls club. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Big Sean Gifts $100K Recording Studio To Detroit Boys & Girls Club," 20 Aug. 2019 Garcia, a real estate developer by trade, and his wife, Beth Callender, are members of the Downtown Partnership and committed to giving back to their community. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Whodunit? Case of the missing downtown San Diego trees," 9 Aug. 2019 Instead, the son of Will and Jada Smith launched a new company — one that focuses on giving back. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Jaden Smith marks 21st birthday by launching company that gives people in need healthy food – for free," 11 July 2019 The company hosts several contests and bonuses that run year-round and correspond with giving back to local communities. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "MEDIUM COMPANY RANKINGS:," 13 June 2019 This would include more Books and Barbers locations in the Cincinnati area but would also involve other forms of giving back to the community. Rachel Berry, Cincinnati.com, "Books and Barbers program seeks to provide mentors for children," 7 June 2019 Many have lived through such tragedies as 9/11, school shootings and environmental disasters, experiences that have made them focused on giving back in measurable and tangible ways. Veronica Dagher, WSJ, "A Generational Divide at Family Foundations," 21 Oct. 2018 Not only for the public relations benefits, but to help send a message to impressionable teenagers about the value of giving back. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "Disabato: Bears fumble ball with decision to deprive high school players chance to play at Soldier Field," 8 May 2018 Across the state, Alaska organizations, agencies and programs, including Head Start, are trying to rebuild after their funding was abruptly cut in late June — three days before the fiscal year started — and then given back about seven weeks later. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska groups scramble to rehire and restart programs after funding was vetoed, then restored," 24 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of giveback

Noun

1978, in the meaning defined above

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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giveback

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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

giveback

noun
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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