from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The return gained from or paid on an investment: "One problem with space ventures is that the up-front costs are enormous and the paybacks uncertain and far off at best” ( Eric Gelman).
- n. The return on an investment equal to the amount invested: expect a payback within six years.
- n. A benefit gained as the result of a previous action.
- n. The act or process of paying back.
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- n. An act of revenge.
- n. A form of recompense.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. same as retribution.
- n. same as requital.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take vengeance on or get even
- v. act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions
- n. financial return or reward (especially returns equal to the initial investment)
- n. the act of taking revenge (harming someone in retaliation for something harmful that they have done) especially in the next life
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