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discount

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noun dis·count \ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt\

Definition of discount

  1. 1 :  a reduction made from the gross (see 1gross 3b) amount or value of something: such asa (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 paymentb :  a deduction made for interest in advancing money upon or purchasing a bill or note not due

  2. 2 :  the act or practice of discounting (see 2discount)

  3. 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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Origin and Etymology of discount

see 2discount


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verb dis·count \ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt, dis-ˈ\

Definition of discount

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make a deduction (see deduction 1a) from usually for cash or prompt payment a discounted priceb :  to sell or offer for sale at a discount (see 1discount 1) discounting last year's model

  3. 2 :  to lend money on after deducting the discount

  4. 3a :  to leave out of account or consideration :  disregard discount the possiblilty that the situation may worsen its effect cannot be entirely discountedb :  to minimize the importance of shouldn't discount his contributionsc (1) :  to make allowance (see 1allowance 5) for bias or exaggeration in discount most of their claims (2) :  to view with doubt discount a rumord :  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

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to give or make discounts (see 1discount) stores planning to discount after the holidays

discounter

play \-ˌkau̇n-tər, -ˈkau̇n-\ noun

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


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discount

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adjective dis·count \ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt\

Definition of discount

  1. 1a :  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 airlinesb :  offered or sold at a discount discount tickets

  2. 2 :  reflecting a discount discount prices

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Origin and Etymology of discount

see 2discount



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

  1. :  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

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discounting

  1. 1 :  to lower the amount of a bill, debt, or price

  2. 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

  1. :  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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discount

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

Legal Definition of discount

  1. 1a :  to make a deduction from usually for cash or prompt payment b :  to sell or offer at a lowered price

  2. 2 :  to lend money on after deducting a discount banks discount negotiable instruments

  3. 3 :  to take into account (a future event or prospect) in making present calculations

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to give or make discounts


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discount

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adjective dis·count \ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt\

Legal Definition of discount

  1. 1a :  selling goods or services at a discount a discount broker b :  offered or sold at a discount discount securities

  2. 2 :  reflecting a discount the discount price



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