[noun ree-beyt; verb ree-beyt, ri-beyt]
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.
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.
verb (used without object), re·bat·ed, re·bat·ing.
to allow rebates, especially as the policy or practice of a company, store, etc.
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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
verb (rɪˈbeɪt) (tr)
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
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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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