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

This year the best deals on makeup, skin care, and hair are coming, with perks like free face masks, deep site-wide discounts, and more at the ready. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, Glamour, "The Best 2019 Labor Day Beauty Sales You Can't Miss," 29 Aug. 2019 The Justice Department said Barr is not receiving a discount, and insisted there were no ethical or legal issues that would prevent him from holding his party at the hotel. CBS News, "Attorney general to host annual holiday party at Trump's D.C. hotel," 27 Aug. 2019 Sign up now for an early bird discount, and follow Stephanie’s journey here. Zaina Adamu, Essence, "This Fitness Guru Takes Travelers On International Voyages To Pull Them Out Of Their Comfort Zones," 21 Aug. 2019 Offerings include spa packages, shopping and dining discounts, as well as a bird walk at the Back Bay. Daily Pilot, "Biz News: New pie shop will ‘Pop’ up in Costa Mesa in September," 21 Aug. 2019 Participating restaurants will offer brunch specials and free food surprises, many merchants will feature discounts, and great live music will be performed all morning. courant.com, "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 19 Aug. 2019 The state is also offering frequent user discounts, including a $90 monthly pass for unlimited trips. John Sharp | Jsharp@al.com, al, "I-10 project receives final environmental clearance from federal government," 16 Aug. 2019 To qualify for a teacher, faculty, or school staff discount, most stores require a valid teacher ID, email ending with .edu, or both. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Teacher Discounts to Celebrate Back-to-School Season," 15 Aug. 2019 The Fiver Pass offers a $20 discount, providing five shows for $55. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Everything you need to know about IndyFringe," 14 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Outlook: While other MIAA A teams might have bigger names, the Friars can’t be discounted with eight starters back on a senior-heavy roster. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, "2019 Baltimore-area boys soccer preseason Top 15 poll," 28 Aug. 2019 Wexler said some signatures were discounted for a variety of reasons, including petition sheets that were not properly filled out and signatures from unaffiliated or Republican voters. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Bloomfield Democratic challenge slate collects enough signatures to force primary," 14 Aug. 2019 Some departments have given out free or discounted Ring devices to the community, and many are subsidized using taxpayer money, according to reporting from Motherboard. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Cops Are Offering Ring Doorbell Cameras in Exchange for Info," 2 Aug. 2019 Additionally, an apartment complex just to the north of the new campus will offer discounted rent to low-income residents and is not geared toward students. Annie Martin, orlandosentinel.com, "Where do students of new UCF/Valencia campus live? Mostly not downtown.," 2 Aug. 2019 The discussion is at 5:45 p.m. in the lobby of the Gloucester Theatre, 267 Main St.; the performance is at 7 p.m. Registration is required, and discounted tickets to the performance are $25. Nina Maclaughlin, BostonGlobe.com, "Growing pains, family ties, and a larger-than-life lawyer," 1 Aug. 2019 Holland is able to provide discounted rent for a portion of tenants because of the financial incentives associated with the housing bonds, which include lower interest rates and tax credits. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Downtown skyscraper will have killer views — and cheap rent for 20% of renters," 30 July 2019 Tuesday, July 23: Element 41 offers a flight of three wines discounted for $5. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Wine calendar: Corleone’s Cognac and Cigar event, French vs. Italian at Rozi’s, more," 23 July 2019 Some investors have been pushing Volkswagen to break out its bigger business divisions to unlock value that is now discounted through the company’s conglomerate structure. William Boston, WSJ, "Volkswagen’s Truck Unit IPO Signals Broader Restructuring," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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

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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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