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

As always, check to make sure your local franchise is taking part in the discounts and promotions. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Celebrate National French Fry day with what else, french fry deals," 13 July 2018 List prices are sticker prices, before rebates and discounts granted to middlemen in the supply chain for drugs. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Drug Supply Chain Feels the Trump Effect," 11 July 2018 Since Amazon purchased Whole Foods Market back in June 2017, the online retail giant has given Prime members many special discounts at the grocery chain and even introduced free two-hour grocery delivery to Prime members across the country. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "Amazon Announced More Prime Day Deals For Whole Foods Shoppers," 11 July 2018 Cooperative grocers like The Merc are run by a board of directors elected by members who buy ownership shares, usually for a small price in return for discounts and other benefits. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "New location, operator for downtown Kansas City, Kan., grocery store revealed," 10 July 2018 The promotion, which advertises a number of discounts and special offers to subscribers of the e-commerce giant’s Prime membership service, will begin at 3pm ET and run for 36 hours through July 17. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Amazon Prime Day returns on July 16—and it’s actually a day and a half," 3 July 2018 Heads up, gamers: Amazon is doling out freebies as well as discounts this year for Amazon Prime Day. Dieter Holger, PCWorld, "Here's all 21 free games available through Twitch for Prime Day," 3 July 2018 Every day through July 25th, the chain will be offering discounts and prizes as part of the celebration. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "P.F. Chang's celebrating 25th birthday with 25 cent lettuce wraps," 3 July 2018 Nordstrom never takes sales lightly, but the one that launched yesterday is especially huge — there are over 60 pages of discounts on shoes alone. Indya Brown, The Cut, "The 43 Best Items From Nordstrom’s Huge Sale," 25 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

While some analysts discounted it as a negotiating tactic to pressure Canada, Mexico, and the European Union on trade, Trump has since attacked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada after the G-7 summit in Quebec. BostonGlobe.com, "Walsh wants Boston developers to pay more," 13 June 2018 In other words, even if AI isn’t the solution on its own, executives like Zuckerberg shouldn’t be so quick to discount it at present. Brittan Heller, WIRED, "What Mark Zuckerberg Gets Wrong—and Right—About Hate Speech," 2 May 2018 And no team with a central midfield of Modric and Rakitic can ever be discounted. Steve Douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Croatia considering rotation in final match against Iceland," 24 June 2018 All three models are discounted from $150, all the way down to $60. Popmech Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Today's Best Deals: Star Wars Stuff...Everywhere," 4 May 2018 Young women’s voices have often been discounted in this culture. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, "Lauren Jauregui & Parkland Activist Delaney Tarr on the Fight for Gun Control: 'You Have More Power Than You Think'," 23 Mar. 2018 About 2,250 riders get discounted trips with the Youth Pass. Adam Vaccaro, BostonGlobe.com, "Groups want the T to provide fare discounts for low-income riders," 6 July 2018 Sign up for the resort’s email list to be alerted to the periodic 48-hour sales where rooms are discounted between 30 and 40 percent. New York Times, "Looking for a Weekend Escape? Here Are 5 Family-Friendly Options," 6 July 2018 Costa Rica didn’t make a World Cup until 1990, when it was discounted as an unremarkable nuisance. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Why Costa Rica Believes It Can Shock the World Again," 21 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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Phrases Related to discount

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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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