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[noun ree-beyt; verb ree-beyt, ri-beyt] /noun ˈri beɪt; verb ˈri beɪt, rɪˈbeɪt/
a return of part of the original payment for some service or merchandise; partial refund.
verb (used with object), rebated, rebating.
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), rebated, rebating.
to allow rebates, especially as the policy or practice of a company, store, etc.
Origin of rebate1
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English rebaten (v.) < Old French rabatre to beat, put down, equivalent to re- re- + (a)batre; see abate
Related forms
rebatable, rebateable, adjective
rebater, noun
Can be confused
rabbet, rabbit, rarebit, rebate.


[ree-beyt, rab-it] /ˈri beɪt, ˈræb ɪt/
noun, verb, rebated, rebating.
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  • A rebate is formed for the gate on the posts by nailing on split sapling; see Figs. 67 and 73.

    Rustic Carpentry Paul N. Hasluck
  • When I went to get my rebate I was offered one pound eleven shillings.

    A Yankee in the Far East George Hoyt Allen
  • Tell Hankins to draw a check for the rebate in full and bring it in to me.

    Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne
  • I'm going to pay you twenty-five thousand, and you rebate me fifteen of it.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • This was usually paid within forty days of the transfer and a rebate was generally given of one-third, but not necessarily.

British Dictionary definitions for rebate


noun (ˈriːbeɪt)
a refund of a fraction of the amount payable or paid, as for goods purchased in quantity; discount
verb (transitive) (rɪˈbeɪt)
to deduct (a part) of a payment from (the total)
(archaic) to reduce or diminish (something or the effectiveness of something)
Derived Forms
rebatable, rebateable, adjective
rebater, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French rabattre to beat down, hence reduce, deduct, from re- + abatre to put down; see abate


/ˈriːbeɪt; ˈræbɪt/
noun, verb
another word for rabbet
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Word Origin and History for rebate

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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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rebate in Culture

rebate definition

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.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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