• (America) IPA: /ˈɹiːbeɪt/, /ɹəˈbeɪt/

rebate (plural rebates)

  1. A deduction from an amount that is paid; an abatement.
  2. The return of part of an amount already paid.
  3. (photography) The edge of a roll of film, from which no image can be developed.
  4. A rectangular groove made to hold two pieces (of wood etc) together; a rabbet.
  5. A piece of wood hafted into a long stick, and serving to beat out mortar.
  6. An iron tool sharpened something like a chisel, and used for dressing and polishing wood.
  7. A kind of hard freestone used in making pavements.
Translations Translations Verb

rebate (rebates, present participle rebating; past and past participle rebated)

  1. (transitive) To deduct or return an amount from a bill or payment
  2. (transitive) To diminish or lessen something
  3. To beat to obtuseness; to deprive of keenness; to blunt; to turn back the point of, as a lance used for exercise.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “Measvre for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iv]:
      But doth rebate and blunt his natural edge.
  4. (transitive) To cut a rebate (or rabbet) in something
  5. To abate; to withdraw.

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