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 This markdown is part of a larger, brand-wide sale on KitchenAid tools at Amazon, which will run through tonight, October 23—one of our favorite dish racks, the KitchenAid full-size dish rack, once $62.99, is now $35.99 during this sale. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Friday," 23 Oct. 2020 Black Friday sale, where makeup products are on markdown at up to 70% off with the code STILABF. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "57 Black Friday Beauty Deals to Shop Now," 27 Nov. 2020 Starting today, shoppers can score everything from video games and smart TVs to vacuums and laptops on serious markdown. Nina Huang,, "Best Buy’s Anniversary Sale Is Here! Shop Huge Discounts on Dyson, Apple, and Samsung," 14 Aug. 2020 This vacuum is currently on sale at a major $150 markdown, which is a pretty big deal. Mark Brezinski, USA TODAY, "The Dyson V10 Absolute is a great cordless vacuum—and it's on sale ahead of Prime Day 2020," 11 Oct. 2020 Once $179, it's fallen to just $119 during this sale—a $60 markdown! Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "AncestryDNA is offering an early Black Friday deal on its popular testing kits," 3 Nov. 2020 Undesirable product that is sold at a markdown is far less likely to have a productive life, is less likely to be worn frequently, to be successfully resold, or to be wanted even as a donation. Misha Nonoo, Fortune, "Fashion businesses are no longer a worthwhile investment," 11 Aug. 2020 Just be sure to use code HOLIDAYFUN at checkout to ensure your new makeup, haircare, skincare and more gets the markdown. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "The best sales to shop this weekend: Casper, Beats, Prana and more," 30 Oct. 2020 With a great selection of items on markdown—from stylish pj's to running sneakers—there’s a little something for everyone. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "20 Excellent Gift Ideas We Spotted at the Farfetch Sale," 20 Oct. 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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The first known use of markdown was in 1833

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6 Jan 2021

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“Markdown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of markdown

: a reduction in price

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