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

The plan details putting a price on carbon and rebating the revenue back to Americans. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Fifth Texas GOP member announces retirement," 4 Sep. 2019 Trump is also supporting bipartisan legislation in the Senate that would limit prescription copays for people on Medicare and require drugmakers to pay the government rebates if the cost of their medications goes up faster than inflation. Washington Post, "Health chief says Trump working on prescription import plan," 31 July 2019 After that, the city will rebate half of the personal property taxes paid by the market for five years. Kara Carlson, Dallas News, "Korean grocer to open in Lewisville with K-Pop festival in October featuring Weki Meki," 10 Aug. 2019 Apple’s new card effectively will rebate 1% of typical purchases, 2% when used through the Apple Pay app, and 3% on anything bought from Apple. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "What’s in Your Wallet: Should You Get the Apple Credit Card?—Data Sheet," 5 Aug. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If that revenue is turned into a tax rebate to all Americans, approval ticks up to 43%. Seth Borenstein, Time, "New Poll Shows Majority of Americans Disapprove of President Trump's Climate Change Views," 13 Sep. 2019 If that revenue is turned into a tax rebate to all Americans, approval ticks up to 43 percent., "While a majority of Republicans do approve of Trump’s performance on climate change, his marks among the GOP on the issue are slightly lower compared with other issues. Meanwhile, 7 percent of Democrats and 29 percent of independents approve of Trump on climate change.," 13 Sep. 2019 Hebert talked of having to work through the legal side of that rebate. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Rebate to homeowners hit by Hurricane Harvey discussed," 23 Aug. 2019 Avid will be eligible for a state worker income tax rebate because average workers will earn more than $43,300 a year. USA TODAY, "Rocket’s last blast, Alaska drought, million-dollar ham: News from around our 50 states," 23 Aug. 2019 The revenue would be distributed back to the American people in the form of equal rebates, but the steep acceleration of the tax rate renders this plan infeasible from the start. Kayla Bartsch, National Review, "Are Conservatives Embracing a Carbon Tax?," 1 Aug. 2019 And if the companies continue to sell the drug at a higher price than the one set by HHS, Harris would have the government tax their profits from the drug at 100%, with the money reallocated to consumers in the form of rebates. Stephanie Ramirez, CBS News, "Kamala Harris introduces plan to lower prescription drug prices," 16 July 2019 Also new is a $1,000 tax rebate for low-income families with children under the age of 6. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed his first budget. Here’s where the $215 billion will go," 27 June 2019 Subscribe to get the Morning Briefing newsletter delivered to your email inbox weekdays at 7 a.m. Today’s stories OREGON KICKER: Taxpayers are set to get a $1.6 billion rebate next year. oregonlive, "Oregon kicker: Taxpayers set to get $1.6 billion rebate next year: Morning Briefing for Thursday, Aug. 29," 29 Aug. 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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