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

The company eliminated most of its discounts in favor of straight-forward pricing, with meals starting from $7 to $9. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Luby’s to explore 'strategic alternatives,' including possible sale," 11 Sep. 2019 Right now until September 8, there are plenty of discounts—up to 40 percent off—on clothing, home goods, and more, from brands like Nike, Anthropologie, and Madewell. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Everything Worth Shopping Right Now at Nordstrom’s Summer Sale," 6 Sep. 2019 Today's roundup brings a handful of gaming PC and accessory discounts in Amazon's latest deal of the day. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Mechanical keyboards, gaming PCs, and more in today’s best deals," 3 Sep. 2019 How about, besides their back to school sales, Target is also offering a ton of discounts on furniture, lighting, blankets, curtains, decor, rugs, and other home goods for up to 25% off. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 16 best home sales happening this weekend," 23 Aug. 2019 Zeigler and the toll opponents have been critical of the discounts and are advocating for any other funding sources to pay for the project aside from tolling motorists. John Sharp | Jsharp@al.com, al, "Ivey reschedules toll authority meeting to Oct. 7," 6 Aug. 2019 That makes a day of discounts worth it for Amazon to draw more spending through the year, especially in the busy holiday season. Dallas News, "Amazon says Prime Day sales beat Cyber Monday and Black Friday combined," 17 July 2019 But there are products that stand out because of their popularity as well as the size of the discount offered by Amazon. CBS News, "Amazon Prime Day 2019: Best deals on day 2 of Prime Day," 16 July 2019 Click here to see all of the discounts on outdoor gear. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Outdoor Gear on Sale at Amazon Prime Day 2019," 15 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For non-loyalty members, the ticket price is still discounted to $8. Laura Daily And Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, "An Italian fest in Lakewood, dogs take over Water World and more cheap things to do in Denver this month," 4 Sep. 2019 The two Asian sites were discounted because construction would be too slow and costly. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Stalled in Hawaii, giant telescope faces roadblocks at its backup site in the Canary Islands," 3 Sep. 2019 Last year apparel items were discounted by an average of 25 percent off during Labor Day Weekend. Nicole Spector, NBC News, "The best Labor Day sales — and what deals aren't worth the hype," 29 Aug. 2019 Today’s deals: Active military families, retired military and spouses, and veterans and spouses receive discounted admission with valid military service documentation. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Today at the Fair: Tuesday, Aug. 27: Military Appreciation Day," 27 Aug. 2019 It probably shouldn’t be discounted in any comparison, either, that Stammen was among the most effective relievers in baseball the in 2017 and ’18. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Mejia not left out; Stammen’s slider returns for a night," 20 Aug. 2019 But his history of chemical dependency can’t be discounted. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots can welcome back Josh Gordon, but they shouldn’t rely on him," 19 Aug. 2019 However, a permanent move for veteran Andy Lonergan should not be discounted. SI.com, "Liverpool to Turn to Southampton's Alex McCarthy as Simon Mignolet Signs for Club Brugge," 5 Aug. 2019 Seats in the synagogue’s ballroom are also discounted from $150 to $125 through Aug. 9. Sergio Carmona, sun-sentinel.com, "Free High Holiday tickets offered for first-time attendees," 31 July 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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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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