Definition of payback
1 : requital
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
They beat our team last year, so we've got to beat them this year as payback.
we are hoping to get payback for the humiliating defeat we suffered at the hands of our rivals during our last matchup
First Known Use of payback
PAYBACK Defined for English Language Learners
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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