Meaning of DISCOUNT in English


I. ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt noun

Date: 1622

1. : a reduction made from the gross amount or value of something: as


(1) : a reduction made from a regular or list price

(2) : a proportionate deduction from a debt account usually made for cash or prompt payment

b. : a deduction made for interest in advancing money upon or purchasing a bill or note not due

2. : the act or practice of discounting

3. : a deduction taken or allowance made

II. ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt, dis-ˈ verb

Etymology: modification of French décompter, from Old French desconter, from Medieval Latin discomputare, from Latin dis- + computare to count — more at count

Date: 1629

transitive verb


a. : to make a deduction from usually for cash or prompt payment

a discount ed price

b. : to sell or offer for sale at a discount

discount ing last year's model

2. : to lend money on after deducting the discount


a. : to leave out of account : disregard

b. : to minimize the importance of

shouldn't discount his contributions


(1) : to make allowance for bias or exaggeration in

(2) : to view with doubt

discount a rumor

d. : to take into account (as a future event) in present calculations

intransitive verb

: to give or make discounts

• dis·count·er -ˌkau̇n-tər, -ˈkau̇n- noun

III. ˈdis-ˌkau̇nt adjective

Date: 1863


a. : selling goods or services at a discount

discount stores

a discount broker

discount airlines

b. : offered or sold at a discount

discount tickets

2. : reflecting a discount

discount prices

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.