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[ verb dis-kount, dis-kount; noun adjective dis-kount ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to deduct a certain amount from (a bill, charge, etc.):

    All bills that are paid promptly will be discounted at two percent.

  2. to offer for sale or sell at a reduced price:

    The store discounted all clothing for the sale.

  3. to advance or lend money with deduction of interest on (commercial paper not immediately payable).
  4. to purchase or sell (a bill or note) before maturity at a reduction based on the interest for the time it still has to run.
  5. to leave out of account; disregard:

    Even if we discount the irrelevant material, the thesis remains mediocre.

  6. to allow for exaggeration in (a statement, opinion, etc.):

    Knowing his political bias they discounted most of his story.

  7. 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.

verb (used without object)

  1. to advance or lend money after deduction of interest.
  2. to offer goods or services at a reduced price.


  1. the act or an instance of discounting.
  2. an amount deducted from the usual list price.
  3. any deduction from the nominal value.
  4. a payment of interest in advance upon a loan of money.
  5. the amount of interest obtained by one who discounts.
  6. an allowance made for exaggeration or bias, as in a report, story, etc.:

    Even after all the discounts are taken, his story sounds phony.


  1. selling or offered at less than the usual or established price:

    discount theater tickets.

  2. selling goods at a discount:

    a discount drugstore.



  1. to leave out of account as being unreliable, prejudiced, or irrelevant
  2. to anticipate and make allowance for, often so as to diminish the effect of
    1. to deduct (a specified amount or percentage) from the usual price, cost, etc
    2. to reduce (the regular price, cost, etc) by a stated percentage or amount
  3. to sell or offer for sale at a reduced price
  4. 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
  5. 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


  1. 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
  2. Also calleddiscount rate
    1. the amount of interest deducted in the purchase or sale of or the loan of money on unmatured negotiable instruments
    2. the rate of interest deducted
    1. (in the issue of shares) a percentage deducted from the par value to give a reduced amount payable by subscribers
    2. the amount by which the par value of something, esp shares, exceeds its market value Compare premium
  3. the act or an instance of discounting a negotiable instrument
  4. at a discount
    1. below the regular price
    2. (of share values) below par
    3. held in low regard; not sought after or valued
  5. modifier offering or selling at reduced prices

    a discount shop

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Derived Forms

  • ˈdiscounter, noun
  • disˈcountable, adjective

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Other Words From

  • discount·a·ble adjective
  • non·discount adjective
  • nondis·counta·ble adjective
  • non·discount·ed adjective
  • over·discount verb (used with object)
  • pre·discount noun verb (used with object)
  • pre·discount·a·ble adjective
  • super·discount noun
  • undis·counta·ble adjective
  • un·discount·ed adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of discount1

First recorded in 1615–25; dis- 1 + count 1, modeled on French décompter, Old French desconter, from Medieval Latin discomputāre

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. at a discount,
    1. Commerce. below par.
    2. below the usual list price.
    3. in low esteem or regard:

      His excuses were taken at a discount by all who knew him.

    4. not in demand; unwanted:

      Such ancient superstitions are at a discount in a civilized society.

More idioms and phrases containing discount

see at a discount .

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Example Sentences

We’ll send you a lightweight, waterproof WHOOP fitness tracker and a code for a discounted, six-month membership.

Amazon says this is a one-day sale, though the 128GB model has been discounted to $19 for the past week if you don't need as much storage.

Furthermore, outside of sports, there isn’t much new programming for people to watch at the moment, which could be leading TV networks to discount their rates.

From Digiday

That means the other species with similar teeth we discounted before … may be megapredators too.

Value should also benefit from the tightening of that yawning, steepest-ever discount to growth.

From Fortune

Target was established in 1962 by the Dayton brothers as a discount offshoot of their eponymous Twin Cities department store.

So we would not discount that there is a future in the Alicia-Finn relationship.

Both discount retail stores (Target) and high-end luxury brands (Valentino & YSL) have regularly enlisted him for campaigns.

In other words, because I am not like that, I can discount what you are saying.

Now, the Green Bay Packers quarterback is a Super Bowl champion, most valuable player, and State Farm Discount Double-Check guy.

Germany invests money abroad, but she seems to borrow as much, and more, in the discount markets of London and Paris.

A discount allowed by the company for the punctual payment of premiums belongs not to the agent, but to the insured.

During the war the government often obtained ready money by issuing bills at 20 per cent discount.

This neglect of a welcome seemed sadly to discount the value of the great hysterical demonstrations made when the troops departed.

A liberal discount to clubs, societies, or individuals, where several are taken.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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