mark·​down | \ ˈmärk-ˌdau̇n How to pronounce markdown (audio) \

Definition of markdown

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a lowering of price
2 : the amount by which an original selling price is reduced

mark down

marked down; marking down; marks down

Definition of mark down (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to put a lower price on

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Examples of markdown in a Sentence

Verb marked down all seasonal goods immediately after the holidays
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Convenient on-the-go gadgets like AirPods and iPad Minis are going for as much as 20 percent off, with the latest AirPods Pro now less than $200 — the biggest markdown on them ever alongside the regular AirPods. Nina Huang,, "AirPods are at their lowest prices ever for Amazon Prime Day — plus more amazing Apple deals," 13 Oct. 2020 Today, shoppers can grab a 6-quart Crock-Pot SCCPVL600-R slow cooker for $30.89—a 23% markdown from its retail price of $39.99. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Friday," 2 Oct. 2020 For instance, this MICHAEL Michael Kors Gramercy large logo and leather satchel is currently priced at $119, which is a whopping $329 off its retail price of $448 for a total markdown of 73%. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Michael Kors sale bags, boots and more are up to an extra 50% off this weekend," 2 Oct. 2020 That would be a dramatic markdown from Tesla's cheapest car now, the Model 3, a sedan that starts at $35,000 but usually ends up costing buyers more than $40,000. CBS News, "Tesla CEO Elon Musk boasts 500 miles on a single charge at Battery Day event," 23 Sep. 2020 The price is a markdown from the $399 that Apple is asking for the next version of its higher end watch, the Series 6. Michael Liedtke, Star Tribune, "Apple debuts discount watch, but no new iPhones ... yet," 15 Sep. 2020 This 39% markdown is available in colors Indigo, midnight chrome and blue. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Our favorite affordable Dutch oven brand just discounted its popular 6-quart model," 12 Sep. 2020 This football icon shirt Football fanatics, check out this tee from Dick’s Sporting Goods: For only $26.25 (a 25% markdown from $35!), fans can snag the Nike men’s legend icon grey t-shirt. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The best sporting goods on sale to support your favorite teams," 19 Aug. 2020 Plus, more of Monica Vinader’s friendship bracelets are on markdown, including this style with a diamond pavé center and this pretty hammered metal version. Kami Phillips,, "We Found Meghan Markle’s Gorgeous Friendship Bracelet on Sale," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of markdown


1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1833, in the meaning defined above

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21 Oct 2020

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“Markdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of markdown

: a reduction in price

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