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

Noun There is a $50 rebate offered with the printer.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Moreover, the state has an obligation to rebate a portion of the excess tax collections to taxpayers. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 May 2021 The city has agreed to rebate property and sales taxes at Northridge Shopping Centerfor the next 10 years. Steve Brown, Dallas News, 5 May 2021 The city structured its incentive to rebate to the company a percentage of the city’s portion of the property taxes for each of the next 10 years, whenever that assessment rises by more than 2%. Steve Lord,, 11 May 2021 Balto draws our attention to rebate walls, defined as exclusionary contracting practices that a drug manufacturer deploys to limit the ability of rivals from gaining preferred access to the formulary, or any access at all. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2021 In October, the Darien City Council decided again to rebate up to $108,500 in food and beverage taxes, to be divided among about 12 restaurants and bars that set up new outdoor dining areas this year. Kimberly Fornek,, 29 Dec. 2020 As part of its development agreement, Mokena village officials earlier this year agreed to rebate $2 million in sales tax revenues to Altorfer over the next 15 years. Bob Bong,, 10 Nov. 2020 The Darien City Council this month decided to rebate $108,500 in food and beverage sales taxes to its restaurants and bars that set up new outdoor dining areas. Kimberly Fornek,, 22 Oct. 2020 President Trump is expected Thursday to put forth a healthcare plan that draws on executive actions on price transparency and rebate reform, with a pledge to protect people who suffer from preexisting conditions. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, 23 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun According to Boise State Public Radio, the rebate will be sent to full-time Idaho residents who filed income tax returns in 2019 and 2020. Andy Meek, BGR, 3 June 2021 The other available incentive, the $2,000 state rebate, went into my pocket. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, 26 May 2021 Boise State Public Radio reported the one-time rebate will go to full-time Idaho residents who filed income tax returns in 2019 and 2020. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 24 May 2021 Newsom said the expansion of the stimulus program would provide payments to two-thirds of Californians and amount to the largest state tax rebate in U.S. history. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 May 2021 Newsom said the state stimulus proposal represents the largest state tax rebate in U.S. history. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2021 The $12 billion proposal would amount to the largest year-over-year rebate that's ever been provided in any state in American history, Newsom said. Maeve Reston, CNN, 10 May 2021 The remaining 25 percent of the rebate, or $2.2 million, will be contributed to the city’s affordable housing fund. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2021 Padre Dam spokeswoman Melissa McChesney said that since the rebate is related to prior water purchases, the funds can only be spent for water‐related purposes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Mar. 2021

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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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“Rebate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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