descontaban
-they deducted
The word descontaban is the imperfect form of descontar in the third person plural.
See the full descontar conjugation

descontar

Mientras tanto, habían ocurrido algunas cosas nuevas respecto de los ocho ex comisionados que habían sido capturados en octubre de 1982 y que descontaban sentencias en la penitenciaria de Cantel.
Meanwhile there were developments in the case of the eight former commissioners who had been captured in October 1982 and were serving time in the Cantel penitentiary.
Si su seguro de este año es con la misma compañía que el año pasado y sus pagos se descontaban automáticamente de su cuenta bancaria, asegúrese de actualizar en su banco la cantidad, para que corresponda a su nueva cuota mensual.
If your insurance is with the same companythis year as last and your payments were an auto-draft from your bank account, be sure to update the amount with your bank to reflect your new monthly premium.
Mientras que en la Decisión de incoación se descontaban los ingresos y los costes a 2006, los cálculos actuales toman el año 2005 como referencia porque la decisión de construir la pista sur se adoptó en noviembre de 2004 y se empezó a construir en 2005.
While the opening decision discounted revenues and costs to 2006, the current calculations take 2005 as reference year because the decision to build the southern runway was taken in November 2004, and construction started in early 2005.
La hora de la lucha final y decisiva llegó más tarde de lo que lo descontaban y esperaban los apóstoles de la Revolución social.
The epoch of final, decisive struggle has come later than the apostles of the socialist revolution had expected and hoped.
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