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

Golden State is almost definitely getting their defensive anchor at a significant discount with this extension, and his presence on the floor is obviously of great value to the Warriors’ success. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Draymond Green’s Sacrifice Will Keep the Warriors’ Title Window Open," 3 Aug. 2019 Offices and suites are provided at a discount per head to the equivalent traditional offering in a class A building. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "How much is too much when it comes to Dallas-Fort Worth coworking offices?," 2 Aug. 2019 That’s why Phibbs advises his clients to begin displayingtheir holiday goods before Halloween—although not necessarily in the front ofthe store, and not necessarily at a discount. Laura Stampler, Fortune, "Yes, Virginia, 2019’s First Department Store Christmas Kicked Off in July," 1 Aug. 2019 The company now sells both the hair, and stylists' services at a discount through its online platform. Parija Kavilanz, CNN, "How he got Silicon Valley to invest in hair extensions," 26 July 2019 In Vancouver three groups joined forces with a developer to purchase 14m square feet (1.3m square metres) of public land at a discount to the market price. The Economist, "Indigenous peoplesCanada’s indigenous peoples are claiming new rights and resources," 25 July 2019 In some cases, the hoaxers offered to sell Libra at a discount if viewers visit potentially fraudulent, third-party websites. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Libra fakes undermine Facebook's cryptocurrency charm offensive," 23 July 2019 British heritage brand Barbour is known for their signature waxed jackets and all-weather coats—and right now, select styles are available at a serious discount during Nordstrom's anniversary sale. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Your Favorite Barbour Jackets Are Over 30 Percent Off Right Now," 19 July 2019 Hammond, Indiana, also put up money to offer Ring cameras at a discount. CBS News, "Doorbell cams raise privacy fears and concerns about bias," 19 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Topping our list this time is our favorite Thunderbolt 3 dock, which is discounted on Apple's online store. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Save $60 on CalDigit’s TS3 Plus, our favorite Thunderbolt 3 dock," 1 Aug. 2019 Many third-party ones are discounted, like smart plugs to control with your Echo, and first-party Amazon accessories are equally worth checking out. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Get a new Echo or Kindle? Now's your chance to score accessories for cheap," 22 July 2019 The Gators are a notable step behind LSU and Georgia for the playoff discussion, but they shouldn’t be immediately discounted. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Which Non-Alabama SEC Teams Can Crash the College Football Playoff?," 22 July 2019 With perhaps his most talented roster, top to bottom, since taking over prior to the 2013 season, Malzahn is confident in his team’s potential — even if the Tigers will likely be discounted by many this fall. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al.com, "Gus Malzahn loves the pressure, hot-seat talk he faces entering 2019 season," 19 July 2019 Amazon Prime Day 2019, the two-day shopping holiday, is wrapping up, and almost everything that was discounted earlier in the week is either sold out or back to its original price. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Here are the best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals that you can still get," 17 July 2019 The devices in the Amazon Fire suite are among some of the easiest and most affordable ways to stream content to your TV, and for the next several hours, many of these devices are heavily discounted for Prime Day. Michael Desjardin, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Prime Day Fire TV deals you can still get," 16 July 2019 This year’s Prime Day is a two-day event, meaning more items will be discounted and the deals will be spread over Amazon’s subsidiaries, including Whole Foods and Twitch. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Amazon Prime Day vs. Black Friday: Which Shopping Event Has the Best Deals?," 15 July 2019 The defense argued that officials who were trained to spot safety hazards failed in their duties, and that prosecutors discounted evidence that the blaze could have been ignited by arsonists. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ghost Ship founder testifies in manslaughter trial he is ‘tired, broken-hearted’," 8 July 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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