Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “payback”

See all translations

payback

noun  /ˈpeɪˌbæk/ us  

payback noun (PUNISHMENT)

[C/U] an action that punishes someone for something bad that the person did to you; revenge : [U] They view the proposed initiative as payback to those senators who have not shown enough Republican loyalty.

payback noun (MONEY RETURN)

[C usually sing] the activity of giving money that is owed, or of getting back something for money spent: He'll have a 20-year payback on his investment, and the improvements should last another 20 years after that.
Translations of “payback”
in Chinese (Traditional) 回報,收益…
in Chinese (Simplified) 回报,收益…
(Definition of payback from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of payback?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “payback” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be in/out of luck

to be able/unable to have or do what you want

Word of the Day

A certain je ne sais quoi: French words and phrases used in English

by Liz Walter,
January 21, 2015
It is an odd irony that the more sophisticated your use of English is, the more likely you are to use French words and phrases. Or, to be more accurate, ones you know to be French – words such as ballet, au pair, abattoir, fiancé, café, and restaurant are so entrenched in

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More