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noun bar·gain \ˈbär-gən\

Simple Definition of bargain

  • : an agreement in which people or groups say they will do or give something in exchange for something else

  • : something that is bought or sold for a price which is lower than the actual value : something bought or sold at a good price

Full Definition of bargain

  1. 1 :  an agreement between parties settling what each gives or receives in a transaction between them or what course of action or policy each pursues in respect to the other

  2. 2 :  something acquired by or as if by bargaining; especially :  an advantageous purchase <at that price the car is a bargain>

  3. 3 :  a transaction, situation, or event regarded in the light of its results <a bad bargain>

into the bargain also in the bargain
  1. :  besides <tastes good and is good for you, into the bargain>

Examples of bargain

  1. I think everyone involved was satisfied with the bargain we made.

  2. They've agreed to turn the land over to the state, and the state, as its part of the bargain, has agreed to keep it undeveloped.

  3. She likes to hunt for bargains when she shops.

Origin of bargain

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from bargaigner

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with bargain



verb bar·gain

Simple Definition of bargain

  • : to discuss an agreement or price in order to make it more appealing

Full Definition of bargain

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to negotiate over the terms of a purchase, agreement, or contract :  haggle

  3. 2 :  to come to terms :  agree

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to bring to a desired level by bargaining <bargain a price down>

  6. 2 :  to sell or dispose of by bargaining

bar·gain·er noun
bargain for
  1. :  expect <more work than I bargained for>

Examples of bargain

  1. The price listed is quite high, but the seller might be willing to bargain.

  2. <they bargained with the car salesman for half an hour before settling on a price>

Origin of bargain

Middle English, from Anglo-French bargaigner, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old English borgian to borrow — more at bury

First Known Use: 14th century

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