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 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 | \ 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

Jeffree responded, thoroughly bashing the discount retailer and accusing them of selling makeup stolen in the burglary. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Burlington Releases a Statement After Jeffree Star Accuses Them of Selling Stolen Makeup," 10 Apr. 2019 Food52 is currently selling Staub's customer-favorite Perfect Pan at a major discount, so now's the time to stock up. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Best-Selling Staub Perfect Pan Is On Major Discount At Food52 Right Now," 22 Jan. 2019 In the meantime, Lord & Taylor is working with Walmart and launching a dedicated site on the discount retailer’s website. Anne D'innocenzio, chicagotribune.com, "Lord & Taylor to close storied Manhattan flagship," 5 June 2018 The discount retailer reported comparable sales increased 3% in the quarter ended May 5, and that shopper visits, its top priority, were up 3.7%. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Target Is Holding Its Own Against Amazon At a Cost That Is Spooking Wall Street," 23 May 2018 Two airlines had also offered discounts to people who showed their voting cards. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Nigeria to Vote After Delay Brings New Conflict," 21 Feb. 2019 Right now, Nordstrom is offering awesome discounts on hair tools, beauty palettes, brush sets, and more from brands like MAC, Stila, Benefit Cosmetics, and T3 for up to half off their original price. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Nordstrom Has Beauty Products on Sale for Up to 50 Percent Off," 16 Feb. 2019 The credit card company expanded to offer discounts on hard-to-come-by tickets to Broadway shows and concerts. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "How Carola Jain, a Well-Connected New York Investor, Got Duped Into Funding the Fyre Festival," 26 Jan. 2019 Several stores are offering deep discounts in honor of the holiday. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "These Are the Only New Year's Sales You Need to Know About," 31 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Prices on refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, dryers, Instant Pots, KitchenAid Mixers, and more will all be discounted, and things will certainly get wild. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Best Appliance Sales for Presidents' Day 2019," 6 Feb. 2019 Food and non-alcoholic drinks will be discounted for the soft opening/employee training period running from July 4 through July 19. Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle, "Alamo Drafthouse opening date changed," 28 June 2018 Pass rusher Bradley Chubb shouldn't be discounted either, especially with new GM David Gettleman's history of taking defensive linemen early. cleveland.com, "NFL Mock Draft 2018: Will the Browns really take Baker Mayfield?," 26 Apr. 2018 Of course, this position of strength is mainly in terms of propaganda value back home, but Kim's need to settle the question of his authority and leadership within North Korea cannot be discounted. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Why Kim Jong Un came in from the cold: 3 theories," 22 Apr. 2018 But while downhill skiing offers a number of health benefits, the risks can’t be discounted. Markham Heid, Time, "Why Skiing Is a Ridiculously Good Workout," 25 Jan. 2018 Today Amazon is discounting all these conveniences, including car chargers (for your phone's battery or your car's battery), phone mounts, and dash cams. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Get Some Much Needed Car Tech For Cheap Today Only," 15 Mar. 2019 For itch relief, don't discount an old-fashioned oatmeal bath. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of a Poison Ivy Rash and Stop Itching Like Crazy," 13 July 2018 Tickets for the fourth annual Mac and Cheese Fest will go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. Tickets to the fest, on Saturday, Nov. 4, will be discounted for the first 500 tickets sold at macandcheesechicago.com. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Mac and Cheese Fest tickets on sale next week," 6 Sep. 2017

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

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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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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