payback

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noun pay·back \ˈpā-ˌbak\

Definition of payback

  1. 1 :  requital

  2. 2 :  a return on an investment equal to the original capital outlay; also :  the period of time elapsed before an investment is recouped

Examples of payback in a sentence

  1. They beat our team last year, so we've got to beat them this year as payback.

  2. <we are hoping to get payback for the humiliating defeat we suffered at the hands of our rivals during our last matchup>

1718

First Known Use of payback

1718



PAYBACK Defined for English Language Learners

payback

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noun pay·back \ˈpā-ˌbak\

Definition of payback for English Language Learners

  • : punishment for something that was done in the past

  • : an amount of money that you receive after investing in something and that is equal to or greater than the amount of money that you originally invested

  • : the amount of time that passes before invested money is returned or before money that is owed is paid



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