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[ri-bey-tid] /rɪˈbeɪ tɪd/
adjective, Heraldry.
cut off or abridged in some way, as a cross potent formed as a swastika.
1580-90; rebate1 + -ed2
Related forms
unrebated, adjective


[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.
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.
1. Unabridged
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  • Much of the fossil tax would need to be rebated equally to each individual so as not to be a regressive tax.
  • The corporations then rebated the funds to his clients.
  • The rebate forms required consumers to certify residency and that the rebated product is a replacement.
  • If fees are waived or rebated, there are legitimate reasons behind those decisions.
  • There is another plan under which interest is paid but rebated.
  • It is alleged that each franchisee failed to report the rebated money as income on their tax returns.
  • Energy price increases under the plan would be achieved mainly by a system of taxes to be rebated to consumers.
British Dictionary definitions for rebated


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 rebated



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.).

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rebated 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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