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 Shares of the discount carrier were expected to begin public trading Thursday. David Koenig, ajc, "Frontier Airlines hopes IPO rides wave of travel recovery," 1 Apr. 2021 This brilliant cabinet retails for just $40, but a $4 discount plus another $10 coupon on the product page slashes it to just $25.99! Maren Estrada, BGR, "This brilliant $26 storage cabinet for small bathrooms is our latest Amazon obsession," 1 Apr. 2021 As an alternative to money-fund insurance, Congress could give money funds access to the Fed’s discount window. Jon Hartley, National Review, "Treat Money-Market Funds Like Banks," 30 Mar. 2021 One of them ends up a few blocks down at the a street-corner discount rack and the other gets on a plane and goes home. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Ducks are a program in need of a big transformation," 29 Mar. 2021 Schnellenberger even helped the Shulas, Don and Dorothy, married just a year, to find discount housing on the Kentucky campus. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: Schnellenberger’s legacy is unique, his void unfillable | Commentary," 27 Mar. 2021 Once $68 and marked down to $39.95, this find gets an additional in-cart discount that reduces it to $23.97 in all seven colors. Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, "The entire Anthropologie sale section is an extra 40% off right now—what to shop," 27 Mar. 2021 However, for a limited time, Peacock is offering its service for just $2.50 a month, a 50 percent discount that expires on April 9. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "How to switch from WWE Network to Peacock and get 50 percent off your subscription," 26 Mar. 2021 The discount chain is opening a DGX store at 178 Greene Street in downtown Huntsville. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Dollar General opening DGX store in Alabama, first of its kind in the state," 25 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Democrats at the Wisconsin Capitol continue to discount and dismiss Foxconn’s future. Benjamin Yount, Washington Examiner, "Wisconsin Democrats continue to doubt Foxconn’s future," 5 Mar. 2021 Ideas of a deep urban-rural divide are often exaggerated, based on stereotypes of race and class that discount both the diversity of rural America and the economic anxieties of many urban communities. Grace Olmstead, WSJ, "Small-Town Natives Are Moving Back Home," 13 Mar. 2021 Patients are also using price-comparison apps or discount websites to find lower prices. Deb Gordon, Forbes, "Americans Increasingly Turn To Pharmacists For Help Finding Affordable Drugs, New Study Shows," 9 Mar. 2021 But that is not to discount Mr. Coscarelli’s skill. Sarah Bahr, New York Times, "What Goes Into ‘Diary of a Song’," 26 Feb. 2021 Growth is important, but investors shouldn’t discount the strength of a well-run business. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, "Costco, Kroger Deserve Some Respect," 5 Mar. 2021 Biden and his economic advisors discount those fears. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: One year into COVID, Biden’s relief bill takes aim at pandemic damage and division," 5 Mar. 2021 Don't discount the value of name recognition, though. Serenity Gibbons, Forbes, "5 Tips To Make Tech Partnerships Your UX Secret Weapon," 2 Mar. 2021 Nobody compares Dobnak to those elite arms — but Twins manager Rocco Baldelli doesn't discount his ability to be a major contributor, too. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "By the numbers, Randy Dobnak has been a Twins success," 1 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 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

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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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“Discount.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discount. Accessed 13 Apr. 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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