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

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 People who wish to donate books can drop them off at the bakery or order from an Amazon Wishlist or partnership with Carmichael's Bookstore for a discount. Dahlia Ghabour, The Courier-Journal, 4 Jan. 2022 In 2018, Russia offered to sell India 21 of its used MiG-29 Fulcrum for a huge discount. Paul Iddon, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 Just be sure to use the code FRAGRANCE20 for the discount and SAMEDAY for the shipping. Glamour, 13 Dec. 2021 Clean air vehicles with purple, orange or red decals from the Department of Motor Vehicles are the only ones eligible for a discount. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Dec. 2021 For both deals, only rewards program members were eligible for the discount. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 2 Dec. 2021 Seniors and Access Pass holders are eligible for a 50% discount on camping fees. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Nov. 2021 Free cups from Thursday's giveaway are eligible for the discount. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2021 Free cups from Thursday's giveaway are eligible for the discount. Kelly Tyko, The Arizona Republic, 18 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Those terms have negative connotations and discount the individual. Mike Bass, The Enquirer, 7 Jan. 2022 BinaxNow at-home Covid-19 test kits were distributed in Brooklyn last month; some big retailers have raised prices after a deal with the White House to discount the tests expired. Andrew Restuccia And Brianna Abbott, WSJ, 6 Jan. 2022 Hotels responded to the loss of control over their pricing structure by negotiating into their agreements with OTAs a provision that ensured OTAs could not discount rooms below the hotel’s retail pricing. Roxanne Bland, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Trainer plugs in those and other benchmarks, and reverse engineers the numbers that discount back to Tesla’s current $1.1 trillion–plus valuation today. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 30 Nov. 2021 People often discount smell as the least important sense, but a world without smells is a world without drama and dimension and, frankly, deliciousness. Fiorella Valdesolo, Vogue, 1 Dec. 2021 Catherine sees through her new suitor, but does not discount him, and later falls ecstatically in love with him. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2021 But don’t discount the importance of community even with independent reading, said Miller. Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2021 An important lesson not to discount relationships between, say, Harry Styles and fellow mom of two Olivia Wilde; sometimes what seems like a postdivorce fling can endure for years! Emma Specter, Vogue, 6 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective At the gate only are discount senior tickets for $8, a weekend pass for $25 and a four-to-a-car admission of $55. Kathy Cichon, chicagotribune.com, 28 July 2021 The stories energized widespread discussion of the lab-leak theory on social media, which quickly became meshed with theories about bioweapons research — a strain of speculation that scientists still strongly discount. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 Select facial cleansers, serums, and moisturizers are marked 30 percent off, including this $8 (post-discount) gem. Sarah Han, Allure, 9 Apr. 2021 Black Friday isn't the only discount day worth counting down to. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, 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, 16 Aug. 2019 And discount German grocery chain Aldi is growing rapidly in the United States. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 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, 8 May 2018 And discount German grocery chain Aldi is growing rapidly in the United States. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 27 June 2019

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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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The first known use of discount was in 1621

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Last Updated

10 Jan 2022

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“Discount.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discount. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for discount

discount

noun

English Language Learners Definition of discount

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

discount

verb

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

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

discount

transitive verb
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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