Discount Definition

dĭskount, dĭs-kount
discounted, discounting, discounts
discounted, discounting, discounts
To pay or receive the present value of (a bill of exchange, promissory note, etc.), minus a deduction to cover interest for the purchaser.
Webster's New World
To lend or sell with discounts.
Webster's New World
To sell at less than the regular price.
Webster's New World
To reduce in quantity or value.
Discount a price.
American Heritage
To deduct an amount or percent from (a bill, price, etc.)
Webster's New World
A reduction from a usual or list price.
Webster's New World
The amount by which the face value of a bond or other debt security exceeds its market price.
American Heritage
A deduction from a debt, allowed for paying promptly or in cash.
Webster's New World
The interest deducted in advance by one who buys, or lends money on, a bill of exchange, promissory note, etc.
Webster's New World
The rate of interest charged for discounting a bill, note, etc.
Webster's New World
Offering products or services for sale at low or reduced prices.
A discount retailer; a discount airline.
American Heritage
Sold or offered for sale at a low or reduced price.
Discount merchandise.
American Heritage
Reduced in quantity or value.
Discount airfares.
American Heritage
Priced below face value, especially in place of a coupon.
A discount bond.
American Heritage
at a discount
  • below the regular price; below face value
  • worth little; unwanted and easily obtained
Webster's New World

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Discount

  • at a discount

Origin of Discount

  • Alteration of French descompte, décompte, from Old French disconter, desconter (“reckon off, account back, discount”), from Medieval Latin discomputare (“to deduct, discount”), from Latin dis (“away”) + computare (“to reckon, count”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Alteration (influenced by dis–) (count) of French décompter from Old French desconter des- away dis– conter to count count1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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