[ bahy-out ]

  1. an act or instance of buying out, especially of buying all or a controlling percentage of the shares in a company.

Origin of buyout

First recorded in 1970–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use buyout in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for buy out

buy out

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to purchase the ownership, controlling interest, shares, etc, of (a company, etc)

  2. to gain the release of (a person) from the armed forces by payment of money

  1. to pay (a person) once and for all to give up (property, interest, etc)

  1. the purchase of a company, esp by its former management or staff: See also leveraged buyout, management buyout

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Other Idioms and Phrases with buyout


Purchase the entire stock, business rights, or interests of a concern. For example, A rival store owner offered to buy out my grandfather, but he refused, [Late 1200s]

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