- The definition of discount is reduced prices or something being sold at a price lower than that item is normally sold for.
An example of something described as discount is a purse sold for 50 percent off its normal price or a store that focuses on selling designer items at below-market prices.
- Discount means a reduction off of the normal price for goods or services.
An example of a discount is 10 percent off.
- To discount is defined as to mark down the price of something, or to disregard a suggestion or idea because it is unlikely to be true.
- An example of discount is when you cut prices in your store from $10 to $5.
- An example of discount is when you ignore a rumor you hear because you know the source is usually wrong.
discount definition by Webster's New World
- a reduction from a usual or list price
- a deduction from a debt, allowed for paying promptly or in cash
- the interest deducted in advance by one who buys, or lends money on, a bill of exchange, promissory note, etc.
- the rate of interest charged for discounting a bill, note, etc.
- a discounting, as of a bill, note, etc.
Origin: ; from Old French desconter, to count off ; from Midieval Latin discomputare: see dis- and amp; compute
- to pay or receive the present value of (a bill of exchange, promissory note, etc.), minus a deduction to cover interest for the purchaser
- to deduct an amount or percent from (a bill, price, etc.)
- to sell at less than the regular price
- to take (a story, statement, opinion, etc.) at less than face value, allowing for exaggeration, bias, etc.
- to disbelieve or disregard entirely; set aside as inaccurate or irrelevant
- to lessen the effect of by anticipating; reckon with in advance
discount definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb dis·count·ed, dis·count·ing, dis·counts verb, transitive
- To deduct or subtract from a cost or price.
- a. To purchase or sell (a bill, note, or other commercial paper) at a reduction equal to the amount of interest that will accumulate before it matures.b. To lend money on (a commercial paper not immediately payable) after deducting the interest.
- a. To sell or offer for sale at a reduced price.b. To reduce in quantity or value.
- a. To leave out of account as being untrustworthy or exaggerated; disregard: discount a rumor.b. To underestimate the significance or effectiveness of; minimize: took care not to discount his wife's accomplishments.c. To regard with doubt or disbelief.
- To anticipate and make allowance for; reckon with in advance.
- A reduction from the full or standard amount of a price or debt.
- The interest deducted prior to purchasing, selling, or lending a commercial paper; the discount rate.
- The act or an instance of discounting a bill of exchange, note, or other commercial paper.
Origin: Alteration (influenced by dis- and count1) of French décompter, from Old French desconter : des-, away; see dis- + conter, to count; see count1.
- disˈcountˌa·ble adjective
discount - Investment & Finance Definition
A term with many uses. Often discount refers to the difference between a bond’s face value and its current market value. A discount occurs when the bond is selling at a price less than its face value. Treasury bills are sold at a discount to their face value. On maturity, the investor gets the full face value returned. Discount also may refer to a price that is lower than it ordinarily would have been if circumstances were different.
- To adjust the value of an asset on the basis of information rather than activity or events. For example, investors may already have discounted a firm's stock price because of the anticipation of weak earnings.
- To deduct the charge for making a loan from the loan's principal before distributing funds to the borrower.
discount - Phrases/Idioms
at a discount
- below the regular price; below face value
- worth little; unwanted and easily obtained