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discount

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noun dis·count \ ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt \

Definition of discount

1 :a reduction made from the gross (see 1gross 1b) 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 2discount)
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

Examples of discount in a Sentence

  1. The store offers a two percent discount when customers pay in cash.

  2. a discount of 20% from the original price

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verb dis·count \ ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt , dis-ˈ \

Definition of discount

transitive verb
1 a :to make a deduction (see deduction 1a) from usually for cash or prompt payment
  • a discounted price
b :to sell or offer for sale at a discount (see 1discount 1)
  • discounting last year's model
2 :to lend money on after deducting the discount
3 a :to leave out of account or consideration :disregard
  • discount the possiblilty 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 1allowance 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 discounted
  • Time
intransitive verb
:to give or make discounts (see 1discount)
  • stores planning to discount after the holidays

discounter

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Examples of discount in a Sentence

  1. The vacation plan included a discounted price on our hotel room.

  2. Car dealers are heavily discounting last year's unsold models.

  3. These threats cannot be entirely discounted.

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Origin and Etymology of discount

modification of French décompter, from Old French desconter, from Medieval Latin discomputare, from Latin dis- + computare to count — more at count

discount Synonyms


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discount

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adjective dis·count \ ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt \

Definition of discount

1 a :selling goods or services for less than their regular or list price :selling goods or services at a discount (see 1discount 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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DISCOUNT Defined for English Language Learners

discount

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Definition of discount for English Language Learners

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


discount

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verb

Definition of discount for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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Definition of discount for English Language Learners

  • : selling goods or services at reduced prices

  • : offered or sold at a reduced price

  • : cheaper than usual


DISCOUNT Defined for Kids

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discount

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noun dis·count \ ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt \

Definition of discount for Students

:an amount taken off a regular price

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discount

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verb dis·count \ ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt , dis-ˈkau̇nt \

Definition of discount for Students

discounted; discounting
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.

Law Dictionary

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discount

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noun dis·count \ ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt \

legal Definition of discount

: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 2
d :the sale of securities that are issued below and redeemed at face value — compare premium 1

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transitive verb dis·count \ ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt, dis-ˈkau̇nt \

legal Definition of discount

1 a :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

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adjective dis·count \ ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt \

legal Definition of discount

1 a :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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