[noun ree-beyt; verb ree-beyt, ri-beyt]
- a return of part of the original payment for some service or merchandise; partial refund.
- to allow as a discount.
- to deduct (a certain amount), as from a total.
- to return (part of an original payment): He rebated five dollars to me.
- to provide a rebate for (merchandise) after purchase: The manufacturer is rebating this air conditioner.
- to blunt (an edged or pointed weapon).
- to cover the edge or point of (an edged or pointed weapon) in order to make it incapable of cutting or piercing.
- to allow rebates, especially as the policy or practice of a company, store, etc.
Origin of rebate1
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- a refund of a fraction of the amount payable or paid, as for goods purchased in quantity; discount
- to deduct (a part) of a payment from (the total)
- archaic to reduce or diminish (something or the effectiveness of something)
Word Origin for rebate
C15: from Old French rabattre to beat down, hence reduce, deduct, from re- + abatre to put down; see abate
- another word for rabbet
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1650s, from rebate (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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