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rebate1

[noun ree-beyt; verb ree-beyt, ri-beyt] /noun ˈri beɪt; verb ˈri beɪt, rɪˈbeɪt/
noun
1.
a return of part of the original payment for some service or merchandise; partial refund.
verb (used with object), rebated, rebating.
2.
to allow as a discount.
3.
to deduct (a certain amount), as from a total.
4.
to return (part of an original payment):
He rebated five dollars to me.
5.
to provide a rebate for (merchandise) after purchase:
The manufacturer is rebating this air conditioner.
6.
to blunt (an edged or pointed weapon).
7.
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.
8.
to allow rebates, especially as the policy or practice of a company, store, etc.
Origin of rebate1
late Middle English
1400-1450
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.

rebate2

[ree-beyt, rab-it] /ˈri beɪt, ˈræb ɪt/
noun, verb, rebated, rebating.
1.
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Examples from the Web for rebating
Historical Examples
  • 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.

  • rebating,—that is to say, departure from published tariffs,—occurs in both cases.

  • An entirely different plan of rebating,—and a most effective one,—has to do with apparently unrelated commercial transactions.

  • rebating is the cutting of a rectangular slip out of the side of a piece of wood.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
  • This flowed perhaps from the circumstance that rebating was an essentially American abuse.

  • The rebating to the beef packers, especially on export business during 1902, was notorious.

British Dictionary definitions for rebating

rebate1

noun (ˈriːbeɪt)
1.
a refund of a fraction of the amount payable or paid, as for goods purchased in quantity; discount
verb (transitive) (rɪˈbeɪt)
2.
to deduct (a part) of a payment from (the total)
3.
(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

rebate2

/ˈriːbeɪt; ˈræbɪt/
noun, verb
1.
another word for rabbet
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Word Origin and History for rebating

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.

n.

1650s, from rebate (v.).

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rebating 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.

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Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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