Definition of payback in English:



  • 1mass 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’
    • ‘The free market is not interested in new technologies if there is no obvious payback.’
    • ‘It is easy to calculate cost and payback, and it is easy to manage.’
    • ‘The reasoning was that higher cost deserved higher payback.’
    • ‘Life-cycle cost analyses show a payback on these capital investments of less than 14 years.’
    • ‘There is considerable payback to optimizing the cost and performance of storing data.’
    • ‘The energy payback was calculated at 24 percent annual return on investment.’
    • ‘When rebates and operating cost savings are added in, payback can often be very respectable.’
    • ‘Businesses often look for a two to three-year payback on capital investments.’
    • ‘The payback for investing in local ad equipment and sales comes within eight to nine months.’
    • ‘He adds that cost savings of such solutions have very fast payback times.’
    • ‘This is the auto industry's insistence on extremely short payback times for any new IT proposals.’
    • ‘The end result is a more scalable solution that can deliver rapid payback and greater carrier profitability.’
    • ‘For example, replacing an older chiller with a new, more efficient model will offer a fairly quick payback.’
    • ‘Thus, I believe the monthly wage bill contributes just as much to their problems as the payback on investment.’
    • ‘Studies have shown education to be the best investment any government can make in terms of long term payback.’
    • ‘She declines to discuss return on investment, but insists payback will come.’
    • ‘Here's a case where doing the right thing also has an immediate financial payback.’
    • ‘Give things time to show payback or return on your initial investment.’
    • ‘It's also payback time for the investment that has gone into the vessel.’
    • ‘That was payback for the investment, but playing in Scotland, those costs were unsustainable.’
    financial gain, gain, return, returns, dividend, interest, yield, surplus, excess
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  • 2An act of revenge or retaliation.

    ‘the drive-by shootings are mainly paybacks’
    • ‘I don't think you can argue that they were consciously thinking of it as a payback for what Australia did.’
    • ‘So I figured he deserved some payback, just enough to make a fool of himself.’
    • ‘From one perspective, she could see it as payback for what Tess had stolen.’
    • ‘This was payback for the last day she'd been trying to talk to him.’
    • ‘I don't think she'll do it, but the dare was good enough payback.’
    • ‘This was payback for totally dropping the ball on the trail departure.’
    • ‘She rather enjoyed embarrassing him; it was a kind of payback for all the times she had felt like a fool in his presence.’
    • ‘Those were paybacks for when they dropped the wide-open ones along the sideline.’
    • ‘That was payback for the time he tried to glue my arm to the desk.’
    • ‘They revel in paybacks for the rest of their enemies' lives.’
    • ‘That was when I got the payback for my shameless, self-indulgent comfort-fest.’
    • ‘And I grinned, laughing at having him in a tight spot - it was payback, he deserved it.’
    • ‘No, I think the analysis of this is kind of a little bit of a payback for the exaggerated notion of a lame duck.’
    • ‘It was suppose to be payback for the defeat he, Rich and Kevin suffered yesterday on the volleyball court.’
    • ‘But the payback will have been so long coming, and so uncertain, that it can't have been much of a motivation.’
    • ‘His whole idea of payback worked because clearly Arianne was jealous.’
    • ‘So anyways I guess this is some sort of payback or something.’
    • ‘His so-called friend took the opportunity to snatch away the telescope, and hit Cass with it as payback.’
    • ‘It's payback time for the excesses of chief executive officers.’
    • ‘Control over these smaller mines remains in many cases, almost non-existent due to local corruption and paybacks from officials.’
    revenge, vengeance, reprisal, retribution, requital, recrimination, an eye for an eye, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, getting even, redress, repayment
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