Definition of payback in English:



  • 1Financial return or reward, especially profit equal to the initial outlay of an investment.

    ‘a long time lag between investment and payback’
    • ‘The free market is not interested in new technologies if there is no obvious payback.’
    • ‘Thus, I believe the monthly wage bill contributes just as much to their problems as the payback on investment.’
    • ‘This is the auto industry's insistence on extremely short payback times for any new IT proposals.’
    • ‘It's also payback time for the investment that has gone into the vessel.’
    • ‘The energy payback was calculated at 24 percent annual return on investment.’
    • ‘It is easy to calculate cost and payback, and it is easy to manage.’
    • ‘She declines to discuss return on investment, but insists payback will come.’
    • ‘Give things time to show payback or return on your initial investment.’
    • ‘There is considerable payback to optimizing the cost and performance of storing data.’
    • ‘Life-cycle cost analyses show a payback on these capital investments of less than 14 years.’
    • ‘Businesses often look for a two to three-year payback on capital investments.’
    • ‘Here's a case where doing the right thing also has an immediate financial payback.’
    • ‘Studies have shown education to be the best investment any government can make in terms of long term payback.’
    • ‘He adds that cost savings of such solutions have very fast payback times.’
    • ‘That was payback for the investment, but playing in Scotland, those costs were unsustainable.’
    • ‘The payback for investing in local ad equipment and sales comes within eight to nine months.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The reasoning was that higher cost deserved higher payback.’
    • ‘When rebates and operating cost savings are added in, payback can often be very respectable.’
    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’
    • ‘Control over these smaller mines remains in many cases, almost non-existent due to local corruption and paybacks from officials.’
    • ‘His whole idea of payback worked because clearly Arianne was jealous.’
    • ‘I don't think she'll do it, but the dare was good enough payback.’
    • ‘His so-called friend took the opportunity to snatch away the telescope, and hit Cass with it as payback.’
    • ‘She rather enjoyed embarrassing him; it was a kind of payback for all the times she had felt like a fool in his presence.’
    • ‘So anyways I guess this is some sort of payback or something.’
    • ‘They revel in paybacks for the rest of their enemies' lives.’
    • ‘But the payback will have been so long coming, and so uncertain, that it can't have been much of a motivation.’
    • ‘No, I think the analysis of this is kind of a little bit of a payback for the exaggerated notion of a lame duck.’
    • ‘This was payback for totally dropping the ball on the trail departure.’
    • ‘That was when I got the payback for my shameless, self-indulgent comfort-fest.’
    • ‘From one perspective, she could see it as payback for what Tess had stolen.’
    • ‘So I figured he deserved some payback, just enough to make a fool of himself.’
    • ‘It was suppose to be payback for the defeat he, Rich and Kevin suffered yesterday on the volleyball court.’
    • ‘It's payback time for the excesses of chief executive officers.’
    • ‘And I grinned, laughing at having him in a tight spot - it was payback, he deserved it.’
    • ‘I don't think you can argue that they were consciously thinking of it as a payback for what Australia did.’
    • ‘This was payback for the last day she'd been trying to talk to him.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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