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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
dis•count /v. ˈdɪskaʊnt, dɪsˈkaʊnt; n., adj. ˈdɪskaʊnt/USA pronunciation
v. [~ + object]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- to deduct a certain amount from (a bill, etc.):They promise to discount prices at 25%.
- to sell, or offer (something) for sale, at a reduced price:Automakers never seem to discount their overpriced cars, even when sales are down.
- to disregard:I guess we shouldn't discount the possibility completely.
- to allow for exaggeration in (a statement, etc.);
believe less than completely:You have to discount a lot of what he says about her.
adj. [before a noun]
- an amount deducted from the usual list price;
a reduction in price:a discount of 25% on plane tickets.
- selling at less than the usual price:discount items at rock-bottom prices.
- selling goods at a discount:discount stores and discount houses.
(v. dis′kount, dis kount′;n., adj. dis′kount),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to deduct a certain amount from (a bill, charge, etc.):All bills that are paid promptly will be discounted at two percent.
- to offer for sale or sell at a reduced price:The store discounted all clothing for the sale.
- Businessto advance or lend money with deduction of interest on (commercial paper not immediately payable).
- Businessto purchase or sell (a bill or note) before maturity at a reduction based on the interest for the time it still has to run.
- to leave out of account;
disregard:Even if we discount the irrelevant material, the thesis remains mediocre.
- to allow for exaggeration in (a statement, opinion, etc.):Knowing his political bias they discounted most of his story.
- to take into account in advance, often so as to diminish the effect of:They had discounted the effect of a decline in the stock market.
- Businessto advance or lend money after deduction of interest.
- to offer goods or services at a reduced price.
- the act or an instance of discounting.
- an amount deducted from the usual list price.
- any deduction from the nominal value.
- Businessa payment of interest in advance upon a loan of money.
- Businessthe amount of interest obtained by one who discounts.
- an allowance made for exaggeration or bias, as in a report, story, etc.:Even after all the discounts are taken, his story sounds phony.
- at a discount:
- Business[Com.]below par.
- Businessbelow the usual list price.
- Businessin low esteem or regard:His excuses were taken at a discount by all who knew him.
- Businessnot in demand;
unwanted:Such ancient superstitions are at a discount in a civilized society.
- selling or offered at less than the usual or established price:discount theater tickets.
- selling goods at a discount:a discount drugstore.
- Medieval Latin discomputāre
- dis-1 + count1, modeled on French décompter, Old French desconter 1615–25
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
discount vb /dɪsˈkaʊnt; ˈdɪskaʊnt/(mainly tr)
- to leave out of account as being unreliable, prejudiced, or irrelevant
- to anticipate and make allowance for, often so as to diminish the effect of
- to deduct (a specified amount or percentage) from the usual price, cost, etc
- to reduce (the regular price, cost, etc) by a stated percentage or amount
- to sell or offer for sale at a reduced price
- to buy or sell (a bill of exchange, etc) before maturity, with a deduction for interest determined by the time to maturity and also by risk
- (also intr) to loan money on (a negotiable instrument that is not immediately payable) with a deduction for interest determined by risk and time to maturity
disˈcountable adj ˈdiscounter n
- a deduction from the full amount of a price or debt, as in return for prompt payment or to a special group of customers
See also cash discount, trade discount
- Also called: discount rate the amount of interest deducted in the purchase or sale of or the loan of money on unmatured negotiable instruments
- the rate of interest deducted
- (in the issue of shares) a percentage deducted from the par value to give a reduced amount payable by subscribers
- at a discount ⇒ below the regular price
- held in low regard; not sought after or valued
- (modifier) offering or selling at reduced prices: a discount shop