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 \
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 | \ 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

Through aggressive discounts, Boeing and Airbus created large losses for Bombardier. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "How China Could Challenge the Boeing-Airbus Duopoly," 6 Jan. 2019 But the expiring credit raises some big questions about demand—that is, how many people who would've bought a Tesla Model 3 with a $7,500 discount will drop out when the credit is reduced and eventually disappears. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Tesla Just Dropped Its Car Prices by $2,000," 3 Jan. 2019 Those between $25 and $125 receive a 5% discount off the retail price, meal subscriptions between $125 and $200 receive a 10% discount and meal subscriptions that are $200 or more per week receive a 15% off discount. Glamour, "The 11 Best Healthy Food Delivery Services When You Just Can't With Grocery Shopping," 2 Jan. 2019 And of course, candles aren't the only things on deep discount right now. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Save Big On Candles At The Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale," 28 Dec. 2018 For its part, Wild Fable — and its ability to reimagine iconic ’90s styles for modern discount shoppers — is pretty key to Target’s current strategy. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Can Vans really sue Target for a cheap look-alike of its most famous skater shoe?," 26 Dec. 2018 There were also Flash Sales, which refreshed every eight hours and could also feature steep discounts. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "The 2018 Steam Winter Sale is here with steep savings and free daily gifts," 20 Dec. 2018 One night free every 40 stays, and extra discounts, like five percent off all bookings, for the company's more loyal travelers. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airbnb’s ‘Superguest’ Program: The Benefits We Want to See," 18 Dec. 2018 William Sonoma: Shop discounts across popular brands, including up to 50 percent off KitchenAid, up to 60 percent off Nespresso, $150 off Vitamix blenders, and 75 percent off a 4-quart Staub Dutch Oven. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Best Cyber Monday deals you can still shop," 27 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Microsoft There’s also the Dell Inspiron 15 5570, which has been discounted by $200. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's '12 Days of Faves' deals knock the Surface Laptop 2 price down to a fantastic $799," 13 Dec. 2018 The sale kicked off on Sunday, Dec. 2 with major deals in the home improvement category, and while the deals change daily, some are still discounted now. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Amazon's 12 Days Of Deals Is Here, And The Home and Furniture Discounts Are Major," 6 Dec. 2018 Fan apathy is at a low, attendance is down and tickets are steeply discounted on StubHub. Dan Gelston, The Seattle Times, "Flyers eye new approach in GM, unlike ‘unyielding’ Hextall," 27 Nov. 2018 For the sale, M.A.C. Cosmetics has discounted some makeup must-haves and accessories. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The Best Beauty Buys During Nordstrom’s Fall Sale," 12 Nov. 2018 Check out all the regular prices below, which will be discounted by 10 to 20 percent depending on your Insider status. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Sephora’s Annual Beauty Insider Sale Is Here—These Are All the Products I Want," 23 Aug. 2018 And that next purchase could come remarkably quick since Huckberry is currently discounting hundreds of items as part of its summer clearance sale. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "A Wallet We Love Is Going For Cheap Right Now," 13 July 2018 Advance tickets are discounted; prices rise after Oct. 7 and at the door. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "‘X-Files’: Anderson joins Duchovny at Spooky Empire," 13 June 2018 The pilot program will offer some families access to heavily discounted, shared Lyft rides to grocery stores. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Lyft is offering $2.50 rides to grocery stores for DC residents with limited food choices," 11 Dec. 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

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 \

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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