Definition of “markdown” - English Dictionary

“markdown” in American English

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markdownnoun [ C ]

us /ˈmɑrkˌdɑʊn/

a reduction in price:

a 25% markdown on swimsuits

(Definition of “markdown” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“markdown” in Business English

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markdownnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmɑːkdaʊn/ us

COMMERCE a lower price on an item than it was previously being sold for:

Rather than charging $24.50 and allowing room for price markdowns, they decided to market the shirts at a starting price of $19.50.
They are advertising markdowns of 50% on some fall clothes and other merchandise.
big/heavy/steep markdown Retailers have been forced to take big markdowns to lure shoppers concerned about the economy.

FINANCE, STOCK MARKET a reduction in share prices:

The rest of the market rallied from an early markdown but trading conditions remained thin.
The fraud prompted a savage markdown of blue-chips in London.

FINANCE, STOCK MARKET the lower price that a broker pays when buying shares, bonds, etc. to sell at a higher price:

It may be illegal for a broker not to disclose a markdown.

(Definition of “markdown” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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