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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rebater noun

Examples of rebate in a Sentence


There is a $50 rebate offered with the printer.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to a recent analysis, manufacturer rebates to PBMs increased from $39.7 billion in 2012 to $89.5 billion in 2016, partially offsetting list price increases. Julie Washington,, "GoodRx lowers prescription costs for some, but questions remain on impact for others," 14 July 2019 If rent is rebated back, that rebate flows back to our artists. Hannah Karp, Billboard, "Outback Presents CEO Vaughn Millette Has Plans to Upend the Live Music Biz: 'We Are Here to Change It All'," 28 June 2019 Exchanges counter that rebates help markets function more smoothly by encouraging more trading activity. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "High-Speed Traders Back Exchanges in Fight With SEC Over Rebates Plan," 14 June 2019 Bullock vetoed a bill proposed by Republican State Auditor Matt Rosendale that sought to lower prescription drug prices by requiring pharmacy benefit managers to pass on drug manufacturer rebates to insurers. USA TODAY, "Mowing quest, mayo man, soybean scare: News from around our 50 states," 17 June 2019 Spark has agreed to rebate some of the price to insurers, including Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in Wellesley, Mass., if the treatment doesn’t work as intended. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "Biotech Proposes Paying for Pricey Drugs by Installment," 8 Jan. 2019 Basically, if list prices rise, so do rebates that flow back to pharmacy benefit managers and health plans, which means there is really no incentive for prices to drop. Ed Silverman, STAT, "He can shame Pfizer and others, but Trump doesn’t have a practical way to lower drug prices," 9 July 2018 Azar, after all, is the consummate insider who understands pricing and rebates all too well. Ed Silverman, STAT, "He can shame Pfizer and others, but Trump doesn’t have a practical way to lower drug prices," 9 July 2018 Some of the start-ups promise rebates to buyers, however. Hudson Sangree, sacbee, "Do you need to pay all that money to a real estate agent? Upstart firms say no," 12 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Small firms that hire unemployed graduates can apply for a tax rebate. The Economist, "The growing ranks of unemployed graduates worry China’s government," 1 Aug. 2019 What’s more, the analysis found that Amazon reported a federal income tax rebate of $129 million. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Democrats Made Lots of Claims During the Second Debate. Here Are the Facts," 31 July 2019 Consumers will receive a rebate via a $100 Mastercard prepaid debit card. CBS News, "Amazon Prime Day 2019: Best deals on day 2 of Prime Day," 16 July 2019 And the budget spends about $1 billion of that on a broad expansion of California’s earned income tax credit, a cash rebate to low-income workers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed his first budget. Here’s where the $215 billion will go," 27 June 2019 Kicking things off, the MSI GS63VR Stealth is $979 after a $150 rebate. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "The 5 best deals in Newegg's Early Black Friday Sale," 2 Nov. 2018 Britain also offers a rebate of its sale tax—currently an eye-watering 20 percent—to foreign travelers, cutting costs of Coach and company even more. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Chinese Tourists Are Changing the Travel Landscape," 2 Nov. 2018 Federal law requires that the money go to the U.S. Treasury's general fund, which means the Facebook fine could be spent on any federal expenditure—Congressional haircuts, tax rebates, and new post offices—unrelated to online privacy. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "How Facebook’s $5 Billion Fine Should Be Spent," 20 July 2019 That population pays a greater share of its wealth to sales taxes, so the measure might include some form of low-income rebate, said Cohen. Rachel Swan,, "Targeting Bay Area gridlock, groups floating $100 billion tax measure," 20 July 2019

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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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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

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

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