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

Lyft has All-Star Week discounts in place; here are the details and drop-off / pick-up location. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Free watch party outside Progressive Field for HR Derby, All-Star Game," 8 July 2019 Amazon started the event five years ago, using deep discounts on televisions, toys and clothes to attract and retain Prime members, who pay subscription fees in exchange for free shipping and other perks. Josh Eidelson, chicagotribune.com, "Amazon workers in Minnesota planning to strike on Prime Day," 8 July 2019 As part of its contractual agreements going back many years, Comic-Con International is given a significant discount for the rental of the convention facility. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con is staying in San Diego — at least through 2024," 5 July 2019 Expensive Season Ticket: £1995 Data collected for match-going adults does not include discounts (family pricing, direct debit, Early Bird) on offer, excluding Sheffield United. SI.com, "Ranking the Average Prices of Premier League Club's Season Tickets Ahead of 2019/20 Season," 4 July 2019 To celebrate the 4th of July, brands are doubling down on the deals, offering summer essentials like bikinis, easy dresses, and sandals at big discounts. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "The Best 4th of July 2019 Sales to Shop This Week," 3 July 2019 The pass includes unlimited admission and rides, free sunscreen and parking, and discounts on food, drinks and merchandise. Laurel Deppen, The Courier-Journal, "30 things we love about Kentucky Kingdom for its 30th anniversary," 3 July 2019 Chronicle members receive a $5 discount off the ticket price ($10, normally $15). SFChronicle.com, "Chronicle Talks Homelessness: South Bay, with Mayor Sam Liccardo," 3 July 2019 Tiger, the Furby-maker, introduced a discount Aibo called the Poo-Chi. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Second Coming of the Robot Pet," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But the role of trees outside wetlands cannot be discounted. Fred Pearce, WIRED, "Trees Emit a Surprisingly Large Amount of Methane," 9 July 2019 Apple’s 2018 iPad Pro tablets are still discounted at Best Buy. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "4K TVs from LG, Vizio, and Sony dominate this week’s best deals," 6 July 2019 That 20 extra days of riding in the group in a race setting can’t be discounted. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Lance Armstrong's Analysis of the 2019 Tour de France," 5 July 2019 This model normally retails for $43, but right now it's discounted to just $34.40. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "Our favorite affordable probe thermometer is on sale for July Fourth," 25 June 2019 They're discounted and their skills are called into question. Kwasi Boadi, Billboard, "Rising Execs Eye a More Inclusive Industry at American Express' Women in Music Leadership Academy," 24 June 2019 But public health groups have warned against discounting co-benefits in rulemaking (Climatewire, May 31). Jean Chemnick, Scientific American, "How the Numbers on the EPA’s New Climate Rule Stack Up," 21 June 2019 But no serious historian today would discount the importance of books either. David A. Bell, The New York Review of Books, "From Readers to Revolutionaries," 17 June 2019 In Wednesday’s interview, Trump also discounted the advice of his own FBI director, Christopher Wray. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Norway, If You’re Listening....," 13 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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

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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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