rebate

1
[noun ree-beyt; verb ree-beyt, ri-beyt]

noun

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.

Origin of rebate

1
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

rebate

2
[ree-beyt, rab-it]

noun, verb, re·bat·ed, re·bat·ing.

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Examples from the Web for rebate

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

rebate

1

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

rebate

2

noun, verb

another word for rabbet
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Word Origin and History for rebate
v.

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.

n.

1650s, from rebate (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

rebate in Culture

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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