A rebate is a partial refund of the cost of an item. It acts as an incentive to help sell the product. If your new cell phone came with a rebate, you'll get a check in the mail for a certain amount of the cost.

A well-known rebate occurred in 2007 when President George Bush issued tax rebate checks to many people in America, giving back some of what each person paid in taxes. Rebate comes from the Old French word rabattre, meaning "beat down, drive back." Rebate can also be used as a verb that refers to giving a reduction in price during a sale. For example, your internet provider might rebate your bill for three months to keep you as a customer.

Definitions of rebate
  1. noun
    a refund of some fraction of the amount paid
    synonyms: discount
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    a rebate on rent given by a local government authority
    type of:
    money returned to a payer
  2. verb
    give a reduction in the price during a sale
    “The store is rebating refrigerators this week”
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    type of:
    give a reduction in price on
  3. noun
    a rectangular groove made to hold two pieces together
    synonyms: rabbet
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    type of:
    channel, groove
    a long narrow furrow cut either by a natural process (such as erosion) or by a tool (as e.g. a groove in a phonograph record)
  4. verb
    join with a rebate
    rebate the pieces of timber and stone”
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    type of:
    bring together, join
    cause to become joined or linked
  5. verb
    cut a rebate in (timber or stone)
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    give (stone) a rustic look
    type of:
    separate with or as if with an instrument
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