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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

  • 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
  • v. take vengeance on or get even
  • v. act or give recompense in recognition of someone's behavior or actions


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