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 No word yet on MSRPs but the 2020 Pacifica starts at $35,240, before discounts or incentives. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Manufacturers put newest models on display at Chicago Auto Show," 14 Feb. 2020 There are plenty of freebies, deals and discounts to celebrate Valentine’s Day 2020. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Happy Valentine’s Day 2020: Best freebies, deals, discounts for day of love," 14 Feb. 2020 If patients receive a surprise bill, the study authors recommend filing complaints with state insurance regulators, asking for discounts of their share of the bill and requesting the insurance company pay the unexpected charge. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "Unexpected shock: Surprise medical bills hit 1 in 5 surgery patients, study says," 12 Feb. 2020 There are also exclusive discounts and giveaways included in the Pegasus Pin envelopes, so open carefully. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "The 2020 Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Pin is here. How it helps you save money, win big," 7 Feb. 2020 Coupons and discounts Tickets purchased at the gate cost $28, $25 for age 60 and older and $18 for ages 5-12 years old. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Arizona Renaissance Festival is an escape from modern life. Here's what's on tap this year," 3 Feb. 2020 Purchases of six or more quarts receive a 5-percent discount and 10 or more, 10-percent. cleveland, "Soup sales benefit Meals on Wheels clients: Olmsted Dates and Data," 16 Jan. 2020 Basically, some businesses jack up retail prices on certain items weeks before an event like Black Friday approaches, only to return to the initial price but advertise it now as a deal or steep discount. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: On family annihilators, lockup disparities and falling for sales," 6 Dec. 2019 Find more details on how to apply the discount and answers to frequently asked questions at denvergov.org. Danika Worthington, The Know, "15 local Cyber Monday deals that’ll let you explore Colorado," 26 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When reached by phone, a store manager at the Indianapolis location told IndyStar that the entire store would be discounted 20% and the timeline for closure would depend on how quickly the inventory clears out. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "All Papyrus stores to close, including 2 Indiana locations," 21 Jan. 2020 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which was released to much fanfare in October, is $15 off at Walmart right now, while the perennially popular FIFA 20 is discounted by $27. Nina Huang, EW.com, "You can get this PS4 bundle on secret sale at Walmart right now," 14 Jan. 2020 Both Jenny Dearborn and Damien Hooper-Campbell were diagnosed in their 20s with ADHD, after years of being discounted by others and wondering what was wrong with them. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "Life outside of work for C-suite executives is just as messy as yours," 26 Dec. 2019 Dresses will be discounted 30% to 50% at Off The Rack, with prices between $800 and $1,700. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Walker's Point White Dress Bridal Boutique opening Off The Rack store," 26 Dec. 2019 Everything, from cult classics Boy Brow and Balm Dotcom to new launches like Futuredew, will be discounted. Glamour, "Glossier Black Friday Sale 2019: The Best Deals to Shop," 29 Nov. 2019 The deal: This Canadian small-group tour operator will discount 600 itineraries on six continents. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Black Friday, Cyber Monday travel deals: Flights, cruises, hotels, more sales for your next trip," 27 Nov. 2019 GAdventures This Canadian small-group tour operator will discount 600 itineraries on six continents. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Top travel deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019: Hotels, tours and resorts," 22 Nov. 2019 Clothes, shoes, accessories and more will be discounted 25-60 percent throughout the store. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Santa comes with sale to Belk in Central Florida," 16 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Black Friday isn't the only discount day worth counting down to. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "All the Best Home Sales to Shop This Presidents' Day," 7 Jan. 2020 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

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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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Time Traveler for discount

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The first known use of discount was in 1621

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Last Updated

21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Discount.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discounted. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for discount

discount

noun
How to pronounce discount (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of discount

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: an amount taken off a regular price : a price reduction

discount

verb
How to pronounce discount (audio) How to pronounce discount (audio)

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
How to pronounce discount (audio)

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
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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