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1. The return on an investment.
2. Retribution or revenge.



1. the period of time required to recoup a capital investment.
2. the return on an investment.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.payback - financial return or reward (especially returns equal to the initial investment)
proceeds, take, takings, yield, payoff, issue, return - the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property; "the average return was about 5%"
2.payback - the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next lifepayback - the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life; "Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord"--Romans 12:19; "For vengeance I would do nothing. This nation is too great to look for mere revenge"--James Garfield; "he swore vengeance on the man who betrayed him"; "the swiftness of divine retribution"
retaliation, revenge - action taken in return for an injury or offense


A. Nrestitución f
B. CPD payback period Nperíodo m de restitución


pay-back [ˈpeɪbæk] n (= benefit) (from investment)bénéfice m; (from action)avantage m
We need some payback in return for amnesties
BUT Il faut que ces amnisties nous rapportent quelque chose.
a payback from sth (financial)le bénéfice tiré de qchpayback time n
(= time to take the consequences)
They did wrong and this summer will be payback time → Ils ont mal agi, et cet été ils devront en subir les conséquences.
(= time for reward)
This will repay his faith in us. It's payback time → Il a cru en nous et maintenant il va en être récompensé.pay bargaining nnégociations fpl salarialespay bed n (British)lit m (d'hôpital) payant (par opposition aux soins gratuits du système de Sécurité sociale britannique)pay cheque (British) pay check (US) npaie fpay claim nrevendication f salarialepay cut nréduction f de salairepay day njour m de paiepay deal naugmentation f de salairepay desk ncaisse fpay dispute nconflit m salarial
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