Definition of lock-in in English:



  • 1An arrangement according to which a person or company is obliged to deal only with a specific company.

    • ‘On maturity, investors will receive either the final value of the bond (a minimum of 100 per cent of the original amount invested) or the highest lock-in value, whichever is greater.’
    • ‘But for insurance policies, the lock-in period is long.’
    • ‘Many people are interested in a viable alternative to the proprietary lock-in solutions available for other operating systems, and Ardour appears to moving along the right development path.’
    • ‘However, this deal comes with a £499 upfront arrangement fee, plus a two-year lock-in with a hefty early settlement penalty.’
    • ‘There were a number of interested parties, clearly, but at this point, I understand since this is a lock-in agreement, this is a done deal.’
    • ‘The scheme will have a tenure of three to seven years, and will have an initial lock-in period, as specified by each bank.’
    • ‘For example, it's possible to find a two-year fixed rate (with no lock-in after the two years is up) for as little as 4.15% a year.’
    • ‘The vendors preach no lock-ins, strict adherence to standards and openness all around.’
    • ‘Six-month lock-ins allowed investment banks and management insiders to sell out their stakes.’
    • ‘Proprietary lock-in also seems to have been rather more of an issue when it came to communicating with central government systems than it was elsewhere, so Whitehall clearly has some distance to go before it can walk the talk.’
    • ‘Although a lock-in in your friendly local pub may be most welcome, product lock-ins are usually a sign that something fishy is afoot.’
    • ‘When environments are stable, firms with a mix in which competences and lock-ins dominate are able to deepen the specificities, resulting in high productivity.’
    • ‘This creates a lock-in condition for the customer, which means higher costs for upgrades, service and expansion.’
    • ‘The people's choice will be based on factors like functionality, quality, and convenience, rather than on customer lock-in.’
    • ‘One of the reasons given for the failure of the C & C share issue is the substantial overhang of shares because the dominant shareholder would only agree to a lock-in of six months.’
    • ‘The customer base is an important element of market power for aircraft manufacturers since there is at least to some extent a lock-in effect for customers once their initial choice of aircraft is made.’
    • ‘Most industries can only engineer that level of customer lock-in by devious means, such as the software industry's use of proprietary file formats.’
    • ‘The other landlords in the town thought we were taking their lock-in trade so they wanted to get us closed down and, eventually, we were.’
    • ‘Customers are questioning the lock-in to any technology, even database.’
  • 2A protest demonstration in which a group locks itself within an office or factory.

    • ‘Many others are picketing the council in support of the lock-in.’
    • ‘The workers began a strike and held a lock-in, after refusing to allow 10 factory managers to leave.’