- a return of part of the original payment for some service or merchandise; partial refund.
verb (used with object), re·bat·ed, re·bat·ing.
- to allow as a discount.
- to deduct (a certain amount), as from a total.
- to return (part of an original payment): He rebated five dollars to me.
- to provide a rebate for (merchandise) after purchase: The manufacturer is rebating this air conditioner.
- to blunt (an edged or pointed weapon).
- to cover the edge or point of (an edged or pointed weapon) in order to make it incapable of cutting or piercing.
verb (used without object), re·bat·ed, re·bat·ing.
- to allow rebates, especially as the policy or practice of a company, store, etc.
noun, verb, re·bat·ed, re·bat·ing.
- a refund of a fraction of the amount payable or paid, as for goods purchased in quantity; discount
verb (rɪˈbeɪt) (tr)
- to deduct (a part) of a payment from (the total)
- archaic to reduce or diminish (something or the effectiveness of something)
- another word for rabbet
late 14c., “to reduce;” early 15c., “to deduct, subtract,” from Old French rabattre “beat down, drive back,” also “deduct,” from re- “repeatedly” (see re-) + abattre “beat down” (see abate). Meaning “to pay back (a sum) as a rebate” is from 1957. Related: Rebated; rebating.
1650s, from rebate (v.).
The return of part of a payment for a good. Unlike a discount, which is deducted from the price before purchase, a rebate is returned after purchase.