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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 rebate1

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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Historical Examples

  • Rebating,—that is to say, departure from published tariffs,—occurs in both cases.

    Railroads: Rates and Regulations

    William Z. Ripley

  • Much of the flagrant Standard Oil rebating in the eighties was almost openly, and certainly boldly, carried on by these means.

  • With the passage of time, and especially since 1896, new and even more elaborate schemes for rebating have come to light.

  • An entirely different plan of rebating,—and a most effective one,—has to do with apparently unrelated commercial transactions.

  • The rebating to the beef packers, especially on export business during 1902, was notorious.

British Dictionary definitions for rebating


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

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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Word Origin and History for rebating



1650s, from rebate (v.).

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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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rebating 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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