[ mahrk-doun ]
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  1. a reduction in price, usually to encourage buying.

  2. the amount by which a price is reduced.

Origin of markdown

Americanism; noun use of verb phrase mark down Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use markdown in a sentence

  • You must be off quickly to the place, Jean, and hire a flat there, where a watcher can mark down all her doings.

    Balsamo, The Magician | Alexander Dumas
  • Min and I played gin rummy that night but we kept forgetting to mark down the score.

    The Love of Frank Nineteen | David Carpenter Knight
  • Put a mark down there for me where the two police officers were standing.

    Warren Commission (6 of 26): Hearings Vol. VI (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Ill mark down each sum in a book opposite the name of the man 94 whose it is, and you shall have it all when I pay you your wages.

    Bluebeard | Clifton Johnson
  • Little Mrs Maidan was very pale, with a red mark down her left cheek, and the key would not come out of her black hair.

    The Good Soldier | Ford Madox Ford

British Dictionary definitions for markdown


/ (ˈmɑːkˌdaʊn) /

  1. a price reduction

verbmark down
  1. (tr, adverb) to reduce in price

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with markdown


Reduce the price of something, as in If they mark down these shoes, I'll buy two pairs. The mark here alludes to the label indicating a price. [Mid-1800s]

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