discount

noun
dis·​count | \ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt \

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 | \ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt, dis-ˈ \

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 5) 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 | \ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt \

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 \ -​ˌkau̇n-​tər , -​ˈkau̇n-​ \ 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

Those with high scores get perks, like discounts on utility bills and faster application processes to travel abroad. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Spend “frivolously” and be penalized under China’s new social credit system," 2 Nov. 2018 Right now Amazon is taking discounts on popular Whynter portable AC units, including the one our favorites best known for its high performance. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Now's the Time To Save on Portable ACs for Next Summer," 7 Sep. 2018 Considering the deep discount on the digital product, which is also way less than the $25 hardcover price, followers should have been thrilled. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "'Fixer Upper' Fans Have a Lot to Say About This Flash Sale on Chip Gaines' Book," 4 Sep. 2018 While discounts on Black Friday and Memorial Day get a ton of hype, Labor Day beauty sales aren't something to sleep on. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, Glamour, "The Best 2018 Labor Day Beauty Sales You Can't Miss," 30 Aug. 2018 Get free shipping on everything and find big discounts on clothes, shoes, beauty, home, accessories, and more. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "Target Is Holding a Major Online Sale on Amazon Prime Day," 16 July 2018 But if a reason is a must, then celebrating National Ice Cream Day is the answer. Sunday, July 15, marks the annual holiday, and several Louisville parlors are getting in on the fun with discounts on scoops, cones and shakes. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with deals at these Louisville shops," 13 July 2018 The shares were sold at a discount to the market price at a time when the value of both the stock and diamonds were rising. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Russians Offered Business Deals to Brexit’s Biggest Backer," 29 June 2018 There are several ways to enjoy rides at a discount. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about the Marion County Fair," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This fall, knee-high boots will be essential for extending the life of your go-to midi dresses, and Stuart Weitzman has just the (now-discounted) pair for those crisp autumn mornings. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "17 of the Best Fall Pieces to Update Your Wardrobe (Without Paying Full Price)," 18 Oct. 2018 All of this would usually cost upwards of $82, but Amazon is discounting the set down to just $57, for a huge 30 percent discount. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Kickstart Your Tool Collection With 30% Off This Project Kit," 16 Oct. 2018 Yet petroleum and defense experts have largely discounted such possibilities. Clifford Krauss, The Seattle Times, "Saudis issued warnings against U.S. sanctions. But how much leverage do they have?," 16 Oct. 2018 On September 29, coffee shops across the country will mark the occasion by giving out free (or discounted) cups of joe. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "National Coffee Day 2018: Where to get free java," 22 Sep. 2018 In what might just be the saddest news to hit the makeup world, Urban Decay's NAKED Palette is officially being discounted. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "The Urban Decay NAKED Palette Is Being Discontinued. Here Are 10 Affordable Dupes," 24 Aug. 2018 Many of Adler’s notions about birth order have been questioned or even discounted by subsequent psychologists, but his notion that middleness is a secret superpower is enjoying a resurgence. Adam Sternbergh, The Cut, "The Extinction of the Middle Child," 11 July 2018 Phoenix is discounting the price of ride-hailing trips to and from 500 city bus stops. Daniel Sperling, Scientific American, "Can Ride-Hailing Improve Public Transportation Instead of Undercutting It?," 5 July 2018 Merrell is discounting over 60 new styles up to 40% off, with 50% off select summer styles with the code MERRELLSALE40. Health Editors, Health.com, "The Fourth of July Sales That Are Actually Worth Shopping," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 The park decided to focus on making visits more affordable for regular visitors from throughout the Southern California region rather than deeply discount single day tickets, park president Marilyn Hannes said. Lori Weisberg, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Will SeaWorld's new $99.99 annual pass draw more visitors to the park?," 27 Sep. 2017 The figures were particularly encouraging for Wal-Mart, given the recent arrival on American shores of deep discount German food retailer Lidl and the store expansion of its rival Aldi, which will put downward pressure on prices. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Walmart’s Massive Tech Investments Drive Another Quarter of Big Sales Gains," 17 Aug. 2017 WHAT ELIGIBLE MINNESOTANS NEED TO DO TO GET DISCOUNTNothing. David Montgomery, Twin Cities, "Health insurance premium subsidies are almost here. What you need to know.," 27 Feb. 2017 At this writing, tickets for Disney On Ice in both Long Beach (April 21-23) and Ontario (April 29-30) were available for as little as $15 each from Travelzoo.com, a source for discount travel. Marla Jo Fisher, Orange County Register, "Deals of the week: Free parks, free aquarium admission for kids and discounts to Disney on Ice," 26 Mar. 2017 However, the scientists shouldn't completely discount muscle performance in the king snake's abilities, notes Anthony Herrel, a biologist at the Natural History Museum in Paris, France, in an email. David Penning, National Geographic, "Snake Kills Bigger Snakes With World's Most Powerful Squeeze," 15 Mar. 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

Noun

see discount entry 2

Verb

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

Adjective

see discount entry 2

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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 \

Kids Definition of discount

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an amount taken off a regular price

discount

verb
dis·​count | \ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt, 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 \

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 \

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 \

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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