[noun ree-beyt; verb ree-beyt, ri-beyt]
- a return of part of the original payment for some service or merchandise; partial refund.
- 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.
- to allow rebates, especially as the policy or practice of a company, store, etc.
Origin of rebate1
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Examples from the Web for rebating
Rebating,—that is to say, departure from published tariffs,—occurs in both cases.
Much of the flagrant Standard Oil rebating in the eighties was almost openly, and certainly boldly, carried on by these means.
With the passage of time, and especially since 1896, new and even more elaborate schemes for rebating have come to light.
An entirely different plan of rebating,—and a most effective one,—has to do with apparently unrelated commercial transactions.
The rebating to the beef packers, especially on export business during 1902, was notorious.
- a refund of a fraction of the amount payable or paid, as for goods purchased in quantity; discount
- to deduct (a part) of a payment from (the total)
- archaic to reduce or diminish (something or the effectiveness of something)
C15: from Old French rabattre to beat down, hence reduce, deduct, from re- + abatre to put down; see abate
- another word for rabbet
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Word Origin and History for rebating
1650s, from rebate (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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.
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