Definition of payback in English:


Line breaks: pay|back
Pronunciation: /ˈpeɪbak


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 years
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  • 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 paybacks
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  • 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.

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