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[ri-bey-tid] /rɪˈbeɪ tɪd/
adjective, Heraldry.
cut off or abridged in some way, as a cross potent formed as a swastika.
Origin of rebated
First recorded in 1580-90; rebate1 + -ed2
Related forms
unrebated, adjective


[noun ree-beyt; verb ree-beyt, ri-beyt] /noun ˈri beɪt; verb ˈri beɪt, rɪˈbeɪt/
a return of part of the original payment for some service or merchandise; partial refund.
verb (used with object), rebated, rebating.
to allow as a discount.
to deduct (a certain amount), as from a total.
to return (part of an original payment):
He rebated five dollars to me.
to provide a rebate for (merchandise) after purchase:
The manufacturer is rebating this air conditioner.
to blunt (an edged or pointed weapon).
to cover the edge or point of (an edged or pointed weapon) in order to make it incapable of cutting or piercing.
verb (used without object), rebated, rebating.
to allow rebates, especially as the policy or practice of a company, store, etc.
1400-50; late Middle English rebaten (v.) < Old French rabatre to beat, put down, equivalent to re- re- + (a)batre; see abate
Related forms
rebatable, rebateable, adjective
rebater, noun
Can be confused
rabbet, rabbit, rarebit, rebate.


[ree-beyt, rab-it] /ˈri beɪt, ˈræb ɪt/
noun, verb, rebated, rebating.
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Examples from the Web for rebated
Historical Examples
  • The holes in both pieces are bored for the dowels before they are rebated.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • Fig. 260 is a rebated joint, broken at the front by a bead moulding.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • The ends to be joined are planed up true and square and then rebated as shown.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • They are rebated for shutters, the old hooks for which also remain.

  • Fig. 61 (A) shows the well-known "Oxford frame," illustrating halved joints when the edge is rebated.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • Fig. 257 is similar to the above, with the exception that the rail of the door is rebated (G) to receive the astragal moulding.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • Fig. 265 is a rebated joint with loose tongue-slip and astragal mould, suitable for frames over 11⁄4 in.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • The boarding at B is rebated, whilst at C each board overhangs its lower neighbour.

    Woodwork Joints William Fairham
  • The face of ashlar-work may be plain and level, or have rebated, chamfered, or moulded joints.

  • Two forms of rebated joints for stone copings and roofs are common.

British Dictionary definitions for rebated


noun (ˈriːbeɪt)
a refund of a fraction of the amount payable or paid, as for goods purchased in quantity; discount
verb (transitive) (rɪˈbeɪt)
to deduct (a part) of a payment from (the total)
(archaic) to reduce or diminish (something or the effectiveness of something)
Derived Forms
rebatable, rebateable, adjective
rebater, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French rabattre to beat down, hence reduce, deduct, from re- + abatre to put down; see abate


/ˈriːbeɪt; ˈræbɪt/
noun, verb
another word for rabbet
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Word Origin and History for rebated



1650s, from rebate (v.).



late 14c., "to reduce;" early 15c., "to deduct, subtract," from Old French rabattre "beat down, drive back," also "deduct," from re- "repeatedly" (see re-) + abattre "beat down" (see abate). Meaning "to pay back (a sum) as a rebate" is from 1957. Related: Rebated; rebating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rebated in Culture

rebate definition

The return of part of a payment for a good. Unlike a discount, which is deducted from the price before purchase, a rebate is returned after purchase.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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