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[noun ree-beyt; verb ree-beyt, ri-beyt]
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  1. a return of part of the original payment for some service or merchandise; partial refund.
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verb (used with object), re·bat·ed, re·bat·ing.
  1. to allow as a discount.
  2. to deduct (a certain amount), as from a total.
  3. to return (part of an original payment): He rebated five dollars to me.
  4. to provide a rebate for (merchandise) after purchase: The manufacturer is rebating this air conditioner.
  5. to blunt (an edged or pointed weapon).
  6. to cover the edge or point of (an edged or pointed weapon) in order to make it incapable of cutting or piercing.
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verb (used without object), re·bat·ed, re·bat·ing.
  1. to allow rebates, especially as the policy or practice of a company, store, etc.
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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]
noun, verb, re·bat·ed, re·bat·ing.
  1. rabbet.
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Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for rebate

reimbursement, kickback, bonus, abatement, deduction, discount, reduction, repayment, allowance, payback, subtraction, remission

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Contemporary Examples of rebate

Historical Examples of rebate

  • They closed with a rebate in the jambs and against the raised threshold.

  • When I went to get my rebate I was offered one pound eleven shillings.

    A Yankee in the Far East

    George Hoyt Allen

  • Tell Hankins to draw a check for the rebate in full and bring it in to me.

    Cappy Ricks Retires

    Peter B. Kyne

  • If you want to make your policy 182 unassailable, you must refund that rebate.

    The Best Policy

    Elliott Flower

  • If he is, he becomes entitled to a rebate of this amount on his subsequent purchases.

    Village Life in China

    Arthur H. Smith

British Dictionary definitions for rebate


noun (ˈriːbeɪt)
  1. a refund of a fraction of the amount payable or paid, as for goods purchased in quantity; discount
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verb (rɪˈbeɪt) (tr)
  1. to deduct (a part) of a payment from (the total)
  2. archaic to reduce or diminish (something or the effectiveness of something)
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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
  1. another word for rabbet
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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


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.

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1650s, from rebate (v.).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

rebate in Culture


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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