- 1 [mass noun] Profit from an investment equal to the initial outlay: a long time lag between investment and payback [count noun]: we aim to achieve a payback of the cost within eight yearsMore example sentences
- Businesses often look for a two to three-year payback on capital investments.
- She declines to discuss return on investment, but insists payback will come.
- That was payback for the investment, but playing in Scotland, those costs were unsustainable.
- 2An act of revenge or retaliation: the drive-by shootings are mainly paybacksMore example sentences
- No, I think the analysis of this is kind of a little bit of a payback for the exaggerated notion of a lame duck.
- But the payback will have been so long coming, and so uncertain, that it can't have been much of a motivation.
- I don't think you can argue that they were consciously thinking of it as a payback for what Australia did.
More definitions of paybackDefinition of payback in:
- The US English dictionary