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[n. ree-beyt; v. ree-beyt, ri-beyt] /n. ˈri beɪt; v. 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, rabbet, rabbit, rarebit, rebate.


[ree-beyt, rab-it] /ˈri beɪt, ˈræb ɪt/
noun, verb, rebated, rebating.
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Examples from the web for rebate
  • With both private plans, if your claims aren't too high, you get a cash rebate every year.
  • Last year a tax rebate on the export of aluminium ingots was eliminated, and then an export tax was imposed.
  • Your local water provider may even offer a rebate to help defray the cost.
  • Some manufacturers offer trade-ins and rebate programs so you can recycle what you no longer want to use.
  • One is the amount of government rebate now available.
  • If you're considering taking advantage of a rebate or incentive program when you install your solar panels, read the fine print.
  • In this case, the discount will be applied indirectly in the form of a rebate.
  • She joined a coupon club which lets members swap coupons and rebate certificates.
  • Not all retailers are participating in the rebate program, so it will pay to shop around.
  • Also, if a company posts a loss it can carry back the loss and get a rebate on previous taxes paid.
British Dictionary definitions for rebate


a recess, groove, or step, usually of rectangular section, cut into a surface or along the edge of a piece of timber to receive a mating piece
a joint made between two pieces of timber using a rabbet
verb (transitive)
to cut or form a rabbet in (timber)
to join (pieces of timber) using a rabbet
Word Origin
C15: from Old French rabattre to beat down


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.

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