payback Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “payback” in the English Dictionary

"payback" in British English

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paybacknoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈpeɪ.bæk/

payback noun [C or U] (ADVANTAGE)

an ​advantagereceived from something, ​especially the ​profit from a ​financial investment: The payback forreorganization should be ​increasedproductivity.

payback noun [C or U] (SOMETHING BAD)

something ​bad that is done to you because of something ​bad that you have done ​previously: The ​problems she was ​experiencingfelt like payback for her past ​mistakes.
(Definition of payback from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"payback" in American English

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 us   /ˈpeɪˌbæk/

payback noun (PUNISHMENT)

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

payback noun (MONEY RETURN)

[C usually sing] the ​activity of giving ​money that is ​owed, or of getting back something for ​moneyspent: He'll have a 20-year payback on his ​investment, and the ​improvements should last another 20 ​years after that.
(Definition of payback from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"payback" in Business English

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paybacknoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈpeɪbæk/
FINANCE the ​profit received from an ​investment or the ​time that it ​takes to receive the same ​amount that was ​invested: Shareholders are awaiting a cash payback from the ​deal.a payback on sth You should have a 20-year payback on your ​investment in ​solarpanels.
an ​advantage that you get from something: payback for sth The payback for ​reorganization should be ​increasedproductivity.
payback time a ​situation in which someone will have to suffer for the way that they have ​behaved in the past: The ​union has been ​treated very badly, and now it's payback ​time, and ​strikeaction will go ​ahead.
(Definition of payback from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “payback”
in Chinese (Simplified) 回报,收益…
in Chinese (Traditional) 回報,收益…
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