Alteration of French descompte, décompte, from Old French disconter, desconter (“reckon off, account back, discount”), from Medieval Latin discomputō (“I deduct, discount”), from Latin dis- (“away”) + computō (“I reckon, count”).
- Noun and adjective:
- Rhymes: -aʊnt
- To deduct from an account, debt, charge, and the like.
- Merchants sometimes discount five or six per cent for prompt payment of bills.
- To lend money upon, deducting the discount or allowance for interest
- the banks discount notes and bills of exchange
- 1692, William Walsh, Letter on the present state of the Currency of Great Britain
- Discount only unexceptionable paper.
- To take into consideration beforehand; to anticipate and form conclusions concerning (an event).
- To leave out of account or regard as unimportant.
- 1859–1860, William Hamilton, H[enry] L[ongueville] Mansel and John Veitch, editors, Lectures on Metaphysics and Logic […], volume (please specify |volume=I to IV), Edinburgh; London: William Blackwood and Sons, OCLC 648725:
- Of the three opinions, (I discount Brown's), under this head, one supposes that the law of Causality is a positive affirmation, and a primary fact of thought, incapable of all further analysis.
- They discounted his comments.
- To lend, or make a practice of lending, money, abating the discount
- (psychology, transactional analysis) To believe, or act as though one believes, that one's own feelings are more important than the reality of a situation.
discount (plural discounts)
- A reduction in price.
- This store offers discounts on all its wares. That store specializes in discount wares, too.
- (finance) A deduction made for interest, in advancing money upon, or purchasing, a bill or note not due; payment in advance of interest upon money.
- The rate of interest charged in discounting.
- (psychology, transactional analysis) The act of one who believes, or act as though they believe, that their own feelings are more important than the reality of a situation.
- German: Discount
discount (not comparable)
- (of a store) Specializing in selling goods at reduced prices.
- If you're looking for cheap clothes, there's a discount clothier around the corner.
- discount in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- discount in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- discount at OneLook Dictionary Search
discount m (invariable)