pay·​back ˈpā-ˌbak How to pronounce payback (audio)
: 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
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Word History

First Known Use

1718, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of payback was in 1718

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“Payback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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