[ noun ree-beyt; verb ree-beyt, ri-beyt ]
See synonyms for: rebaterebatedrebating on

  1. 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.
  1. to allow as a discount.

  2. to deduct (a certain amount), as from a total.

  1. to return (part of an original payment): He rebated five dollars to me.

  2. to provide a rebate for (merchandise) after purchase: The manufacturer is rebating this air conditioner.

  3. to blunt (an edged or pointed weapon).

  4. 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),re·bat·ed, re·bat·ing.
  1. to allow rebates, especially as the policy or practice of a company, store, etc.

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

Other words from rebate

  • re·bat·a·ble, re·bate·a·ble, adjective
  • re·bat·er, noun

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Other definitions for rebate (2 of 2)

[ ree-beyt, rab-it ]

noun, verb,re·bat·ed, re·bat·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for rebate (1 of 2)


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

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)

Origin of rebate

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

Derived forms of rebate

  • rebatable or rebateable, adjective
  • rebater, noun

British Dictionary definitions for rebate (2 of 2)


/ (ˈriːbeɪt, ˈræbɪt) /

noun, verb
  1. another word for rabbet

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Cultural 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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