re·​bate | \ ˈrē-ˌbāt How to pronounce rebate (audio) , ri-ˈbāt \
rebated; rebating

Definition of rebate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to reduce the force or activity of : diminish
2 : to reduce the sharpness of : blunt
3a : to make a rebate of
b : to give a rebate to


re·​bate | \ ˈrē-ˌbāt How to pronounce rebate (audio) \

Definition of rebate (Entry 2 of 3)

: a return of a part of a payment


re·​bate | \ ˈra-bət How to pronounce rebate (audio) , ˈrē-ˌbāt \

Definition of rebate (Entry 3 of 3)

chiefly British spelling of

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Other Words from rebate


rebater noun

Examples of rebate in a Sentence

Noun There is a $50 rebate offered with the printer.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If Tesla achieves the benchmarks outlined in the economic development agreement, the county would rebate 80% of the operations and maintenance payment, which would be $14.65 million. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Tesla gigafactory could get nearly $15 million tax break from Travis County," 23 June 2020 There are currently $50 reward card rebates for online orders. Dallas News, "AT&T TV brings a familiar experience to streaming TV, but it comes at a price," 12 Mar. 2020 In 2008, with the Democrats in control of both the House and the Senate and a recession underway, the cap was removed so that thirty per cent of even large-scale residential projects would be rebated at tax time. Bernard Avishai, The New Yorker, "A Lost Chance to Bring the Green New Deal Home," 18 Feb. 2020 The head itself is rebated to .473, the same diameter as the 7x57 and .30-06. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "The 7mm Showdown: 7x57 vs. 7mm-08 Rem. vs. .284 Win.," 20 Mar. 2020 According to village documents, the village will rebate Cobalt 70% of new incremental value created each year. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Village financing paves way for new Ascension small-scale hospital in Menomonee Falls," 22 Jan. 2020 The community collects sales tax generated by Best Buy’s online sales in Texas, then rebates 75% of it back to the company, according to the agreement. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "North Texas cities warn of millions in sales tax revenue losses over proposed online shopping rule," 4 Feb. 2020 The rim of the RUM was already rebated to fit a .534-inch bolt face. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "7mm Magnum Showdown: 7mm Rem. Mag. vs. .28 Nosler vs. 7mm RUM," 25 Nov. 2019 When selling the EpiPen to Medicaid, Mylan was required to rebate a portion of the sales to the government., "Mylan misled investors over EpiPen pricing probe, SEC says - The Boston Globe," 28 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For more details on the program or to submit a rebate, visit Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Wellness classes a focus in North Ridgeville; rebate for Smart thermostat," 13 July 2020 The state is expanding its rebate program for electric vehicles to commercial fleets, environmental and energy officials announced Thursday., "State expands rebate program for electric vehicles," 26 June 2020 The city is also offering an additional $200 rebate for certain renovations. Dallas News, "Need to upgrade your home? Garland will help you pay for renovations," 19 June 2020 Households will also receive €300 ($339) per child, and the government is doubling its rebate for electric car purchases. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Europe's 'stimulus fireworks': ECB and Germany throw new wall of money at the economy," 4 June 2020 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has an instant rebate of $2,850.00 and is listed at $3,499. Mark Heim |, al, "Father’s Day gifts for the tech-savy dad include, laptops, cameras, phones, TVs," 2 June 2020 The developer will receive nearly $2 million in fee waivers, grants and tax rebates from the city., "City sells former Continental Hotel to developer for $4.7M," 5 June 2020 Meanwhile, after subtracting allowances such as rebates and discounts, net prices paid by health plans fell by 2.6%, compared with a 3.7% decline in last year’s first quarter, according to SSR Health, which tracks the pharmaceutical industry. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Wholesale drug prices — and net prices — keep falling for most drugs," 4 June 2020 The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (Cares) Act, signed into law March 27, made cash rebates of up to $1,200 — technically, an advance 2020 tax credit — available to 150 million Americans. Washington Post, "IRS says $1,200 stimulus payments sent to dead people have to be returned," 6 May 2020

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First Known Use of rebate


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1656, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rebate


Middle English, from Anglo-French rebatre, rabatre to beat back, deduct, from re- + abatre to strike down, from a- (from Latin ad-) + batre to beat, from Latin battuere

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30 Jun 2020

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“Rebate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rebate

: an amount of money that is paid back to you because you have paid too much
: an amount of money that a business or company pays back to you because you have bought a particular product or service



Kids Definition of rebate

: the return of part of a payment or of an amount owed Mail in your receipt and get a rebate.


re·​bate | \ ˈrē-ˌbāt How to pronounce rebate (audio) \

Legal Definition of rebate

: a refund or deduction of part of a payment, price, or charge

Other Words from rebate

rebate \ ˈrē-​ˌbāt, ri-​ˈbāt How to pronounce rebate (audio) \ verb

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