[ 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), re·bat·ed, re·bat·ing.

verb (used without object), re·bat·ed, re·bat·ing.

to allow rebates, especially as the policy or practice of a company, store, etc.

Nearby words

  1. reb,
  2. rebab,
  3. rebadge,
  4. rebar,
  5. rebarbative,
  6. rebated,
  7. rebatement,
  8. rebato,
  9. rebbe,
  10. rebbetzin

Origin of rebate

1400–50; late Middle English rebaten (v.) < Old French rabatre to beat, put down, equivalent to re- re- + (a)batre; see abate

Related formsre·bat·a·ble, re·bate·a·ble, adjectivere·bat·er, noun

Can be confusedrabbet rabbit rarebit rebate


[ ree-beyt, rab-it ]
/ ˈri beɪt, ˈræb ɪt /

noun, verb, re·bat·ed, re·bat·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rebate



noun (ˈriːbeɪt)

a refund of a fraction of the amount payable or paid, as for goods purchased in quantity; discount

verb (rɪˈbeɪt) (tr)

to deduct (a part) of a payment from (the total)
archaic to reduce or diminish (something or the effectiveness of something)
Derived Formsrebatable or rebateable, adjectiverebater, noun

Word Origin for rebate

C15: from Old French rabattre to beat down, hence reduce, deduct, from re- + abatre to put down; see abate

noun, verb

another word for rabbet
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

Word Origin and History for rebate
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for rebate


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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