to deduct a certain amount from (a bill, charge, etc.):
All bills that are paid promptly will be discounted at two percent.
to offer for sale or sell at a reduced price:
The store discounted all clothing for the sale.
to advance or lend money with deduction of interest on (commercial paper not immediately payable).
to purchase or sell (a bill or note) before maturity at a reduction based on the interest for the time it still has to run.
to leave out of account; disregard:
Even if we discount the irrelevant material, the thesis remains mediocre.
to allow for exaggeration in (a statement, opinion, etc.):
Knowing his political bias they discounted most of his story.
to take into account in advance, often so as to diminish the effect of:
They had discounted the effect of a decline in the stock market.
to advance or lend money after deduction of interest.
to offer goods or services at a reduced price.
the act or an instance of discounting.
an amount deducted from the usual list price.
any deduction from the nominal value.
a payment of interest in advance upon a loan of money.
the amount of interest obtained by one who discounts.
an allowance made for exaggeration or bias, as in a report, story, etc.:
Even after all the discounts are taken, his story sounds phony.
selling or offered at less than the usual or established price:
discount theater tickets.
selling goods at a discount:
a discount drugstore.
at a discount,
Commerce. below par.
below the usual list price.
in low esteem or regard:
His excuses were taken at a discount by all who knew him.
not in demand; unwanted:
Such ancient superstitions are at a discount in a civilized society.
verb (mainly transitive) (dɪsˈkaʊnt; ˈdɪskaʊnt)
to leave out of account as being unreliable, prejudiced, or irrelevant
to anticipate and make allowance for, often so as to diminish the effect of
to deduct (a specified amount or percentage) from the usual price, cost, etc
to reduce (the regular price, cost, etc) by a stated percentage or amount
to sell or offer for sale at a reduced price
to buy or sell (a bill of exchange, etc) before maturity, with a deduction for interest determined by the time to maturity and also by risk
(also intransitive) to loan money on (a negotiable instrument that is not immediately payable) with a deduction for interest determined by risk and time to maturity
a deduction from the full amount of a price or debt, as in return for prompt payment or to a special group of customers See also cash discount, trade discount
Also called discount rate
the amount of interest deducted in the purchase or sale of or the loan of money on unmatured negotiable instruments
the rate of interest deducted
(in the issue of shares) a percentage deducted from the par value to give a reduced amount payable by subscribers
the amount by which the par value of something, esp shares, exceeds its market value Compare premium (sense 3)
the act or an instance of discounting a negotiable instrument
at a discount
below the regular price
(of share values) below par
held in low regard; not sought after or valued
(modifier) offering or selling at reduced prices: a discount shop
1620s, “abatement,” alteration of 16c. French descompte, from Medieval Latin discomputus (source of Italian disconto), from discomputare (see discount (v.)). Meaning “deduction for early payment” is from 1680s; meaning “reduction in the price of goods” attested by 1837.
1620s, “reckon as an abatement or deduction,” from Old French desconter (13c., Modern French décompter), from Medieval Latin discomputare, from dis- (see dis-) + computare “to count” (see count (v.)). Hence, “to abate, deduct” (1650s), and figurative sense “to leave out of account, disregard” (1702). Related: Discounted; discounting.
At a lower than usual price; also, held in low esteem. For example, I’m holding off on buying a computer until I can get one at a discount, or Liberals are at a discount in the present administration. The first usage, mainly found in business and commerce, dates from about 1700. The figurative usage is about a century newer.
see: at a discount
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detriment, disadvantage, or deprivation from failure to keep, have, or get: to bear the loss of a robbery. something that is lost: The painting was the greatest loss from the robbery. an amount or number lost: The loss of life increased each day. the state of being deprived of or of being without something that […]
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a prize, bonus, or award given as an inducement, as to purchase products, enter competitions initiated by business interests, etc. a bonus, gift, or sum additional to price, wages, interest, or the like. Insurance. the amount paid or to be paid by the policyholder for coverage under the contract, usually in periodic installments. Economics. the […]
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