discount

noun
dis·​count | \ ˈdi-ˌskau̇nt How to pronounce discount (audio) \

Definition of discount

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a reduction made from the gross (see gross entry 1 sense 3b) amount or value of something: such as
a(1) : a reduction made from a regular or list price offering customers a ten percent discount buy tickets at a discount
(2) : a proportionate deduction from a debt account usually made for cash or prompt payment
b : a deduction made for interest in advancing money upon or purchasing a bill or note not due
2 : the act or practice of discounting (see discount entry 2)
3 : a deduction taken or allowance made … we may … have to make very heavy discount, or even sometimes to reject our author's conclusions altogether.— G. G. Coulton

discount

verb
dis·​count | \ ˈdi-ˌskau̇nt How to pronounce discount (audio) , di-ˈskau̇nt How to pronounce discount (audio) \
discounted; discounting; discounts

Definition of discount (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to make a deduction (see deduction sense 1a) from usually for cash or prompt payment a discounted price
b : to sell or offer for sale at a discount (see discount entry 1 sense 1) discounting last year's model
2 : to lend money on after deducting the discount
3a : to leave out of account or consideration : disregard discount the possibility that the situation may worsen its effect cannot be entirely discounted
b : to minimize the importance of shouldn't discount his contributions
c(1) : to make allowance (see allowance entry 1 sense 2) for bias or exaggeration in discount most of their claims
(2) : to view with doubt discount a rumor
d : to anticipate or take into account (something, such as a future event) in present calculations or planning … mail came chiefly from those organized groups whose opposition had already been discountedTime

intransitive verb

: to give or make discounts (see discount entry 1) stores planning to discount after the holidays

discount

adjective
dis·​count | \ ˈdi-ˌskau̇nt How to pronounce discount (audio) \

Definition of discount (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : selling goods or services for less than their regular or list price : selling goods or services at a discount (see discount entry 1 sense 1a(1)) discount stores a discount broker discount airlines
b : offered or sold at a discount discount tickets
2 : reflecting a discount discount prices

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Other Words from discount

Verb

discounter \ ˈdi-​ˌskau̇n-​tər How to pronounce discount (audio) , di-​ˈskau̇n-​ \ noun

Examples of discount in a Sentence

Noun The store offers a two percent discount when customers pay in cash. a discount of 20% from the original price Verb The vacation plan included a discounted price on our hotel room. Car dealers are heavily discounting last year's unsold models. These threats cannot be entirely discounted.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The clientele grew up a little — under-18s were first banned, then 17-year-olds were allowed to take out a membership for a discount on concerts. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "From James Brown to Jane Fonda, San Antonio’s downtown Pusi-Kat Club kept youth dancing in 1960s," 9 Jan. 2021 The price of the Jabra Elite 65t earbuds, which regularly go for around $120, has been slashed to $64.99 in the titanium black hue for a discount of 46%. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "These Jabra Elite 65t earbuds sound great and work with Alexa—and they're nearly half off," 28 Dec. 2020 From March to September, homes in Midtown Manhattan, the center of the real-estate universe before offices and businesses shuttered, sold for the biggest discount of any neighborhood in the city. New York Times, "The Real Estate Collapse of 2020," 25 Dec. 2020 An inexpensive box of one or possibly two-ply tissues can cost less than $1 and are often sold in bulk for a significant discount. Michael Pollick, chicagotribune.com, "The best facial tissue," 19 Dec. 2020 Yet median pension liabilities (adjusted for differences in discount rates) have risen 0.7% annually and direct debt has increased a mere 0.1% annually. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s State Pension Gift," 30 Oct. 2020 At Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa in Orlando, discount rates range from $96.34 for a studio villa to $512.51 for a four-bedroom. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Reeling from coronavirus, Central Florida hotels offer some sweet deals," 29 Sep. 2020 But, today, 80 percent of EV owners use home chargers, mostly overnight, when utilities have plenty of excess capacity and many offer discount rates. Paul A. Eisenstein, NBC News, "California wants to ban gas-powered cars, but is the auto industry ready to go all electric?," 25 Sep. 2020 Another impressive deal is Amazon’s 30 percent discount on the wildly popular Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Brush. Jessica Leigh Mattern, PEOPLE.com, "The 12 Best Amazon Deals to Shop This Weekend — Including the Back-in-Stock Revlon One-Step Dryer Brush for 30% Off," 12 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Most importantly, don't discount greenery, warm shades of wood, charcoal, slate, and creams. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Introducing: The Most Daring Color Palettes for Spring Weddings," 13 Jan. 2021 The district hopes to begin announcing changes to the reporting system and its communication strategy on the issue in January, but did not discount the possibility of further reforms. Cristóbal Reyes, orlandosentinel.com, "Osceola students, officials work to change sexual harassment reporting protocols," 4 Dec. 2020 Creedmoor fans will cry foul at this one, but no hunter will want to discount it. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "The 6.5 Creedmoor is Not the Ultimate Super Cartridge," 10 Sep. 2020 Don’t discount Pieper as just a pretty face because there is way more to this stunner than meets the eye. oregonlive, "’The Bachelor’ Season 25: 2 Oregon women among the bachelorettes who’ll compete for Matt James’ affection," 11 Dec. 2020 Even buyers who view their home as just a home, don’t completely discount the financial aspect. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Just a roof over your head or an investment? Here's how to think about your home," 9 Dec. 2020 But don't discount the effect the virus has had on our aquatic friends. Andrews Mcmeel Syndication, Star Tribune, "News of the weird:," 6 Nov. 2020 Republicans discount its effect, pointing to GOP Gov. Larry Hogan, who won races in 2014 and 2018 by attracting significant numbers of Democratic votes. Jeff Barker, baltimoresun.com, "Is Maryland growing even more blue politically? Democrats are showing gains in battleground counties.," 9 Dec. 2020 Don’t take casual remarks to heart or discount your talents. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 1, 2020: Aries, make first move toward reconciliation; Virgo, be open to new ideas," 1 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Black Friday isn't the only discount day worth counting down to. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "All the Best Home Sales to Shop This Presidents' Day," 7 Jan. 2020 According to BBC News’ Helen Briggs, the research doesn’t fully discount climate change’s contribution to cave bears’ extinction. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Ice Age Humans Likely Played Major Role in Cave Bears’ Extinction," 16 Aug. 2019 And discount German grocery chain Aldi is growing rapidly in the United States. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Walmart's dominance of groceries should receive antitrust scrutiny, group says," 27 June 2019 Businesses from Phoenix to Gilbert to Surprise are offering free or almost free food and free or discount admission into museums and aqariums for Mother's Day. Georgann Yara And Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Best ideas for mom on Mother's Day 2018: Free food, killer deals and discounts," 8 May 2018 And discount German grocery chain Aldi is growing rapidly in the United States. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "Walmart's dominance of groceries should receive antitrust scrutiny, group says," 27 June 2019 Businesses from Phoenix to Gilbert to Surprise are offering free or almost free food and free or discount admission into museums and aqariums for Mother's Day. Georgann Yara And Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Best ideas for mom on Mother's Day 2018: Free food, killer deals and discounts," 8 May 2018 Complimentary champagne toast at midnight and there will be discount bottles of champagne all night. Courtney Ortega And Jay Betsill, star-telegram, "New Year's Eve parties, events in Dallas, Fort Worth | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Dec. 2017 There were still discount fabric stores along First Avenue, and those who were clever with a needle—or even a safety pin—could work wonders with a remnant. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Pointy-Toed Hipsters and Rockabilly Girls: Lynn Yaeger Celebrates the Unrepentant Style Rebels From Club 57," 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of discount

Noun

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1621, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Adjective

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for discount

Verb, Noun, and Adjective

modification of French décompter, from Old French desconter, from Medieval Latin discomputare, from Latin dis- + computare to count — more at count

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Time Traveler for discount

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The first known use of discount was in 1621

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Last Updated

22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Discount.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discount. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for discount

discount

noun
How to pronounce discount (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of discount

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: an amount taken off a regular price : a price reduction

discount

verb
How to pronounce discount (audio) How to pronounce discount (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of discount (Entry 2 of 3)

: to lower the amount of (a bill, price, etc.)
: to lower the price of (a product)
: to think of (something) as having little importance or value

discount

adjective
How to pronounce discount (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of discount (Entry 3 of 3)

: selling goods or services at reduced prices
: offered or sold at a reduced price
: cheaper than usual

discount

noun
dis·​count | \ ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt How to pronounce discount (audio) \

Kids Definition of discount

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an amount taken off a regular price

discount

verb
dis·​count | \ ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt How to pronounce discount (audio) , dis-ˈkau̇nt \
discounted; discounting

Kids Definition of discount (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to lower the amount of a bill, debt, or price
2 : to think of as not important or serious Don't discount her idea.

discount

noun
dis·​count | \ ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt How to pronounce discount (audio) \

Legal Definition of discount

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a reduction made from the gross amount or value of something: as
a : a reduction made from a regular or list price or a proportionate deduction from a debt account usually made for prompt payment or for payment in cash
b : a reduction made for interest in advancing money upon or purchasing a note not yet due
c : a reduction in the price of a bond — see also discount bond at bond sense 2
d : the sale of securities that are issued below and redeemed at face value — compare premium sense 1
dis·​count | \ ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt, dis-ˈkau̇nt How to pronounce discount (audio) \

Legal Definition of discount (Entry 2 of 3)

1a : to make a deduction from usually for cash or prompt payment
b : to sell or offer at a lowered price
2 : to lend money on after deducting a discount banks discount negotiable instruments
3 : to take into account (a future event or prospect) in making present calculations

intransitive verb

: to give or make discounts

discount

adjective
dis·​count | \ ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt How to pronounce discount (audio) \

Legal Definition of discount (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : selling goods or services at a discount a discount broker
b : offered or sold at a discount discount securities
2 : reflecting a discount the discount price

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