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 discount (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 One solution to declining enrollment is to lower admission standards or discount tuition. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "The debate over the University of Hartford isn’t just about Division I sports but about the future of a school with major financial challenges," 25 Apr. 2021 Some of the discount investments for the Churchill SPAC group are tied to the stock rising to certain levels and staying there for a period. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "SPAC Insiders Can Make Millions Even When the Company They Take Public Struggles," 25 Apr. 2021 For something more simple, Hamilton Beach has its own indoor searing grill now available at a super discount. Jon Winkler, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend," 24 Apr. 2021 The iRobot Roomba 675 robot vacuum is among the most popular models ever among our readers, and it’s on sale today with a $30 discount. Maren Estrada, BGR, "This might be your last chance to get an insanely popular Roomba for $199," 23 Apr. 2021 Flip-flops can be had for as little as a buck at your neighborhood discount dollar store. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "The chancla has become a venerated symbol of Mexican American culture and here's why and how," 22 Apr. 2021 At time of writing, the site was offering a 10% discount on new memberships. Brad Moon, Forbes, "Vinyl Moon: A Record Subscription Service For The “Artistically Adventurous”," 21 Apr. 2021 Imagine: much like the discounts offered on a loyalty card, at checkout, the store might offer a discount based on an item’s level of sustainability. Adam Met, Quartz, "It’s time to get creative with climate incentives," 20 Apr. 2021 The Pleasanton mother of two was laid off from a discount department store last April. Malavika Kannan, San Francisco Chronicle, "The COVID recession was harder on women. When will they rebound?," 19 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This scout cannot discount the possibility of Bobby Bradley ultimately winning the left-handed hitting portion of a first base platoon, or taking over the position permanently. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, "Several Cleveland Indians’ Defensive Positions Remain Unsettled," 20 Apr. 2021 Not to discount the loveliness of flowers, but when shopping for mother’s day, jewelry gifts are indisputably longer lasting. Daisy Shaw-ellis, Vogue, "24 Mother’s Day Jewelry Gifts She’s Sure to Love," 19 Apr. 2021 Most medical and scientific experts discount the theory, with evidence pointing to the virus spreading from animals to humans. cleveland, "Lt. Gov. Jon Husted again defends tweet criticized as racist, says he will respond to letter from Asian American neighbors," 1 Apr. 2021 But one also can’t discount the paucity of public records documenting the births, marriages, and deaths of African-Americans, not to mention their accomplishments. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, "Ann Lowe’s Barrier-Breaking Mid-Century Couture," 22 Mar. 2021 People discount the importance of the social aspect frequently. Chronicle Digital Team, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hundreds of people wrote to us about school reopening in the Bay Area. Here are their stories," 11 Mar. 2021 Despite this, many other researchers today say that these notions simply discount human agency. Michael Schulson/undark, Popular Science, "Can you ‘deprogram’ people who join cults?," 4 Mar. 2021 Finally, don’t discount word-of-mouth and personal recommendations. BostonGlobe.com, "How to plan a national park visit in 2021," 8 Apr. 2021 While many gave the jobs report credit for Monday’s rally, don’t necessarily discount vaccination progress. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, "Thin Soup: With Fresh News Scarce, Focus Stays On Infrastructure, Fed, Vaccine Data," 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Select facial cleansers, serums, and moisturizers are marked 30 percent off, including this $8 (post-discount) gem. Sarah Han, Allure, "Ulta Beauty's Spring Haul Sale Is Finally Here to Refresh Your Beauty Routine," 9 Apr. 2021 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

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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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28 Apr 2021

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“Discount.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discount. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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