What's the word for this (not "amortize")?

Salt wrote:


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I think "amortize" does the job.
amortize |?am?r?t?z| |?øm?r?ta?z| |??m??t??z| verb [ trans. ] € gradually write off the initial cost of (an asset) : they want to amortize the tooling costs quickly.
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Impossible.
Writing something off the books is not the same as achieving a full return on the initial investment made in it, which is what the word we need should mean.
All the best,
John.
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On 2007-05-23, Gamma wrote:

That's a bit different from the OED's definition and example:
To extinguish or wipe out (a debt or other liability), usually by means of a sinking fund, which eventually redeems it.
1882 St. James' Gaz. 3 Feb., They would introduce economies in order to amortise the Egyptian Debt.
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On 21 May, 23:41, John D Salt <jdsalt_AT_gotadsl.co.uk> wrote:

Nimsworth? I under-nimswortheth you! Here was me thinking amortize is American for depreciate, so the answer must be appreciate. However I prefer this. Thou nimsworthst thyself proud.

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Little League?

get my money's worth from?

I suspect you're right.
-- Jerry Friedman
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Adam Funk wrote:

More like "so on average I only paid $5 a visit". I see this word misused all the time and understand just what the speaker meant to say. The Latin root 'mort' means "death', and one amortizes a loan by paying it off over time. Buying an item and getting your money's worth is good, but it's not amortizing.
A friend was spending nearly $100 taking his family to the movies once a month. By dropping $2000 on a plasma TV, and borrowing 'just released' DVDs from the library, instead of going to the movies, he figured to break even in less than two years. But there still was no amortizing involved.
JOE
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* Adam Funk wrote, On 05/21/2007 03:16 PM:

... not feel like a fool for spending four times the admission for this one event."
Also: SAIT.
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You will probably find most English-speaking people use the word amortize only for large sums of money (usually repaid in several or many instalments.) For amounts so small as $20, they usually speak about "getting their money's worth."
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On 2007-05-22, Don Phillipson wrote:

Many thanks for to rectify my English!!!
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On Mon, 21 May 2007 20:16:22 +0100, Adam Funk posted:

I can't think of a single word, but if I wanted to express it, I'd say something like:
"... to make it worthwhile." "... to break even." "... to get my money's worth."
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Oleg Lego wrote:

What if you hyphenate one of those sentences ... to they become a single word?
What if they get married ... are they still single?
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Tonto Goldstein wrote:

If they get a divorce, is she still his sister?
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Peter Moylan wrote:

Only if his Dad's ... never mind.
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Condone or remit (along with justify).
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Capable of using an online thesaurus since Jan 2, 1996
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Otto Bahn wrote:

Left, right or full?
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'break even on'
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Cross-post.
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On 2007-05-23, Boris Bollocks wrote:

My computer does it automatically!
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hmmmm: sounds like the same DLL hell problem my cousin had. try
deleting all DLLs in your Windows/system32 directory and see what
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I have to hit the "Reply Group" button.
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On 2007-05-24, Otto Bahn wrote:

With the carriage return, that's 13 buttons (here we usually call them "keys"). Have you got one of those enormous Chinese-style keyboards?
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