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 discounter (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 Those devices can usually be bought at a 15 percent discount. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How Apple's Sustainable iPhone Trade-In Program Works," 6 Nov. 2019 While Amazon’s 2018 Black Friday Deals Week launched Nov. 16, shoppers had to wait until Nov. 22 to get the Echo Dot speaker at a discount. cleveland, "How-to tips for getting Black Friday deals online," 2 Nov. 2019 Houston was viewed at the time as having filled a need for a closer by acquiring the talented pitcher, a 2017 all-star, at a relative discount because of his notoriety. Des Bieler, The Denver Post, "Sports Illustrated reporter describes “shocking” incident with Astros executive," 23 Oct. 2019 Act fast to score second-generation AirPods at a discount. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Save when you score a pair of AirPods that pair perfectly with your new iPhone 11," 21 Oct. 2019 Freestore provides food at a discount, according to Kandi Stinson, the chair of XU's sociology department. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "'Shocking' number of Cincinnati area college students skip meals, worry about going hungry," 18 Oct. 2019 For those looking for a real estate agent to guide them through buying or selling a home, Redfin offers full-brokerage services at a discount. R.a. Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "Redfin caters to homebuyers hoping to save by cutting out the agent," 10 Oct. 2019 Education customers will be able to get it at a slight discount of $299. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Surprise! Apple unveils its 7th-gen iPad with a 10.2-inch display," 10 Sep. 2019 Fitbit has long partnered with some of the biggest healthcare insurers in the country, like Blue Cross Blue Shield, to provide users with activity trackers at a discount. Adrienne So, WIRED, "Fitbit Wants to Be Your One-Stop Health Care Shop," 28 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While not every wash is discounted to $20, a majority of the jeans are on sale for various discounts. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "Gloria Vanderbilt Has Sold Over 22 Million Pairs of These Flattering Jeans — and They’re Only $20 Right Now," 5 Nov. 2019 This is not to discount the charm of hiking an empty mountain or the very real damage that tourists cause, disrupting lives and often intensifying local inequality. Ben Huberman, Longreads, "We’re All Tourists Now, So Let’s Stop with the Endless, Tedious Quests for Authenticity," 24 Oct. 2019 When people began running, Saucedo's 91-year-old mother thought a sale was under way and wanted to see what items had been discounted. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "As suspected El Paso gunman set to appear in court, survivor says she's 'trying to forget that evil'," 10 Oct. 2019 Right behind it were shades of grey and green: about 7% of those models were discounted. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Don’t buy a brown Tesla," 8 Oct. 2019 The public litigants have dominated the press for the past year or so ... and there has been less press regarding the private litigants — and perhaps an inclination to discount the size and importance of those claims. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Victims gain a voice to help guide Purdue Pharma bankruptcy," 6 Oct. 2019 In his statement Tuesday, Grassley also pushed back against what's become a GOP talking point — that the second-hand information the whistleblower offered should be discounted. Dareh Gregorian, NBC News, "Chuck Grassley defends Ukraine whistleblower, breaking with GOP and Trump," 1 Oct. 2019 Let’s send a message to #Hollywood that those of us who stand for #Christ won’t be discounted. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Sean Spicer’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ debut was... something," 17 Sep. 2019 Let’s send a message to #Hollywood that those of us who stand for #Christ won’t be discounted. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, "Sean Spicer makes his 'Dancing with the Stars' debut," 17 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 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

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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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14 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for discount

The first known use of discount was in 1621

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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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