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 From water-resistant running jackets to cropped tanks and bike shorts, the Nike Clearance Sale has tons of worthwhile activewear on markdown to carry your fitness routine through the summer. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "15 Stellar Activewear Deals at the Nike Clearance Sale," 5 Apr. 2021 That’s a 20 percent markdown from the past five years, when prices started in the mid-$700s; 2020’s price topped out at $729., "Vail put next season’s Epic Passes on sale, and they are 20 percent cheaper than last year," 24 Mar. 2021 These women's Grand Crosscourt Turf sneakers, once $130, which drop to just $29.97 for a whopping 70% markdown (that’s a little more than $100 in savings!). Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "Leather Cole Haan shoes and bags are up to 87% off right now," 16 Dec. 2020 Nordstrom’s clearance sale has a number of sweat-ready items, like breathable leggings and supportive sports bras, on markdown for up to 60% off now. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "15 Must-Have Activewear Deals We Found On Sale at Nordstrom," 15 Mar. 2021 The holding costs of this inventory, inventory aging, and shipping appear to be the new markdown—rather than discounting, let the customer run wild with returns. Greg Petro, Forbes, "Online Retail’s Hidden Post-Covid Cost: Returns," 2 Mar. 2021 Just make sure to nab it before this markdown ends! USA TODAY, "Our favorite tea infuser is on sale for less than $10 today," 25 Jan. 2021 The All-Clad copper core 14-inch stir fry pan, once $360 and now $189.99 for a 47% markdown. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "All-Clad is having a huge warehouse sale on its famous cookware with savings up to 65%," 18 Feb. 2021 From now until Monday, January 11, shoppers can snag plenty of goodies at a major markdown. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 10 best things to buy from the semi-annual Tory Burch sale," 29 Dec. 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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13 Apr 2021

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“Markdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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: a reduction in price

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