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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Furthermore, there will always be some customer groups that are discount-focused. Zsuzsa Kecsmar, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Big Apple users flooded the food delivery app with thousands of orders per minute between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., a window during which GrubHub offered a $15 discount. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 18 May 2022 Also, Amazon offers a Subscribe & Save discount for many grocery items, with most baby formula included in the deal. Layla Mcmurtrie, Detroit Free Press, 17 May 2022 The spread between Musk’s offer price of $54.20 and its last trading price is currently about 40%, suggesting investors think there is little chance the deal will get done without a discount—if at all. Edwin Chan / Bloomberg, Time, 17 May 2022 Following a whopping 70-percent discount, the Beverly Hills, California, mansion sold at auction last April for $51 million. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 14 May 2022 The staid sector has typically traded at a slight discount to the broader index over the past decade. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 14 May 2022 Swipers, often young men, stand near turnstiles offering MetroCard swipes for two dollars cash—a discount from the official $2.75 fare. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 14 May 2022 Our latest roundup of the best tech deals from around the web includes a nice discount on Apple's latest iPad Mini, which is currently down to $409 at Amazon and Walmart. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 12 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Don’t ever discount Laura Linney in any awards race, proven by her surprise upsets over the years. Michael Schneider, Variety, 16 May 2022 The point, then, isn’t to discount breed’s influence over dogs, but to rethink its sway over us. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 28 Apr. 2022 While unlikely, Jenkins doesn’t discount the possibility of Castle being ready to go pro after one season. Shreyas Laddha, Hartford Courant, 23 Apr. 2022 Cassidy didn’t discount the idea that Rask still might try a conditioning stint with the WannaBs. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Jan. 2022 Perhaps, this is unsurprising given the human inclination to focus on the present and discount the future. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 Other German officials said the differences were less stark, saying that while Berlin didn’t discount the risks of invasion, Washington seemed more convinced that this was Mr. Putin’s plan. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 Metro plans to offer $2 late-night rail fares starting at 9:30 p.m. to benefit workers, and discount monthly passes to attract commuters splitting time between telework and the office. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 That does not discount the impact of dance songs or high-energy music as a form of transcendence. Tom Roland, Billboard, 1 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But that’s still a discount-rack price for a car that cost around $110,000 when new. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 5 May 2022 At the gate only are discount senior tickets for $8, a weekend pass for $25 and a four-to-a-car admission of $55. Kathy Cichon, chicagotribune.com, 28 July 2021 The stories energized widespread discussion of the lab-leak theory on social media, which quickly became meshed with theories about bioweapons research — a strain of speculation that scientists still strongly discount. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 Select facial cleansers, serums, and moisturizers are marked 30 percent off, including this $8 (post-discount) gem. Sarah Han, Allure, 9 Apr. 2021 Black Friday isn't the only discount day worth counting down to. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, 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, 16 Aug. 2019 And discount German grocery chain Aldi is growing rapidly in the United States. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 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, 8 May 2018 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Discount.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discount. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for discount

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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