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 Dollar General has leased much of the long-vacant first floor of a historic building on Nicollet Mall at Fifth Street with plans to open a new concept store that is more upscale than its traditional discount-merchandising chain. Dee Depass, Star Tribune, "Dollar General coming to Nicollet Mall in 2021 with urban format," 12 Nov. 2020 Many of these items are available inexpensively at dollar and discount stores. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, Nov. 12," 12 Nov. 2020 Kohl’s, too, is betting heavily on curbside pickup, and the discount department store doubled the number of drive-up spaces at its stores to support increased demand. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "Virtual Santa visits? Holiday shopping will look different this year as Maryland retailers change tactics amid coronavirus," 12 Nov. 2020 Expercom is offering a slight discount on the 256GB model at $947.96 from $999.99 and $1,185.7 from $1,249 for the 512GB model. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "Preorders are open for the M1-powered MacBook Air, Mac Mini and 13-inch MacBook Pro," 12 Nov. 2020 Food-delivery service DoorDash Inc., online discount retailer Wish Inc. and installment loans provider Affirm Inc. could join Airbnb in making their financials public in the next few weeks, according to people familiar with their plans. Katie Roof, Bloomberg.com, "DoorDash, Wish and Affirm Join Airbnb to Fuel Year-End IPO Boom," 12 Nov. 2020 The two-page order issued Thursday by an appellate judge ruled in favor of the Trump campaign's case to discount ballots from voters who bypassed the deadline for confirming their identification. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Judge sides with Trump, barring Pennsylvania from extending voter ID deadline," 12 Nov. 2020 Use the brand name or the brand name + discount/coupon/special offer as the alert. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "5 ways you’re wasting money on tech purchases," 12 Nov. 2020 Multiple reports have linked him to the Southern Miss opening, but even with an alma mater discount, Freeze is far outside the school’s price range. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, "Could Hugh Freeze soon be back in the SEC?," 12 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And while outgoing-President Donald Trump is busy stewing in his own grandiose plans to discount millions of votes against him and going on all-caps Twitter rants, Vice President Mike Pence has been remarkably silent. Leora Yashari, refinery29.com, "Meanwhile, Where In The World Is Mike Pence?," 7 Nov. 2020 The incumbent’s demands to count ballots past a cutoff in one state blatantly contradict his demands to discount those similarly situated in another. Justin Sherman, Wired, "Trump's Bogus Ballot Lawsuits Are the Mark of an Autocrat," 5 Nov. 2020 Dillon noted that the Biden team has a legal arsenal ready if the president tries to discount ballots. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Biden campaign fires back at Trump over premature claim of victory," 4 Nov. 2020 County attorneys representing Holsclaw's office contended that Sprigler, the analyst who reviewed the petition signatures on behalf of the teachers association, used records provided to him by the JCTA to discount 2,376 signatures with errors. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Jefferson County property taxes will rise after judge strikes down petition in JCPS case," 30 Oct. 2020 The Homer Glen Village Board voted Wednesday to waive business license renewal fees for 2021 and to discount liquor and gaming fees by 25% in an attempt to help businesses facing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Michelle Mullins, chicagotribune.com, "Homer Glen waives business license fees, reduces cost for liquor, gaming permits," 29 Oct. 2020 Amazon has decided to discount this brand-new item, marking the 40mm GPS model, originally $399, down to $374.98. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend," 24 Oct. 2020 While serving as the agency’s undersecretary for policy, Kan helped defang environmental regulations, writing rules that encouraged grant applicants to discount the cost of carbon emissions. Steven Higashide, The New Republic, "Uber and Lyft Are Charging Through Washington’s Revolving Door," 25 Sep. 2020 The problem: Like many farm families, the couple earns too much to qualify for the ACA's financial assistance to discount monthly insurance premiums, but not enough to comfortably shoulder coverage costs. Editorial Board Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Biden has a real plan to lower health care insurance costs," 5 Sep. 2020 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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Time Traveler for discount

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The first known use of discount was in 1621

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Last Updated

17 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Discount.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discount. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for discount

discount

noun
How to pronounce discount (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of discount

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: an amount taken off a regular price : a price reduction

discount

verb
How to pronounce discount (audio) How to pronounce discount (audio)

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
How to pronounce discount (audio)

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
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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