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"payback" in American English

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paybacknoun

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 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.
(Definition of payback from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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"payback" in Business English

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paybacknoun [C or U]

/ˈpeɪbæk/ uk   us  
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 solar panels.
an advantage that you get from something: payback for sth The payback for reorganization should be increased productivity.
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 strike action 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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