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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.
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 rebates
  • When you fall through to the other side tax rebates or promises of a better tomorrow have little meaning.
  • The other half goes to rebates for alternative energy solutions to make even expensive systems available to everyone.
  • If you're not counting rebates and incentives, that's not a fair accounting.
  • State rebates are much less favorable than they used to be.
  • Because the latter buy in bulk, they can bargain for steep discounts or rebates.
  • Another ambiguous tactic is to offer rebates to customers that reach certain sales targets.
  • Once the leading global firms had moved their offices, the tax rebates were allowed to lapse.
  • One approach is to use microeconomic case studies to examine consumer behaviour in response to specific tax rebates and cuts.
  • Suppose that spending did increase after the rebates.
  • Unfortunately, the government has also increased tax rebates on exports, on which the economy remains far too dependent.
British Dictionary definitions for rebates


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 rebates



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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rebates 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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