bargain

noun, often attributive
bar·​gain | \ ˈbär-gən How to pronounce bargain (audio) \

Definition of bargain

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 They struck a bargain to sell only to each other. Keep your side of the bargain.
2 : something acquired by or as if by negotiating over the terms of a purchase, agreement, or contract especially : an advantageous purchase At that price the car is a bargain. We got a bargain on the plane tickets.
3 : a transaction, situation, or event regarded in the light of its results a bad bargain
into the bargain or less commonly in the bargain
: besides tastes good and is good for you, into the bargain

bargain

verb
bargained; bargaining; bargains

Definition of bargain (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to negotiate over the terms of a purchase, agreement, or contract : haggle The seller might be willing to bargain over the price.
2 : to come to terms : agree

transitive verb

1 : to bring to a desired level by bargaining bargain a price down
2 : to sell or dispose of by bargaining often used with awaybargained away wage increases for other benefits
bargain for
: expect more work than I bargained for

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Verb

bargainer noun

Synonyms for bargain

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of bargain in a Sentence

Noun I think everyone involved was satisfied with the bargain we made. 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. She likes to hunt for bargains when she shops. Verb The price listed is quite high, but the seller might be willing to bargain. they bargained with the car salesman for half an hour before settling on a price
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If that’s not good enough, these rugs start at $109, which is a pretty remarkable bargain. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "Ruggable released a bunch of new rugs this year—here are our favorites," 26 Oct. 2020 Joe Smith will get $4 million and Martin Maldonado will make $3.5 million — a bargain at twice the price. James Yasko, Chron, "How the Astros can keep both George Springer, Carlos Correa for a long time," 26 Oct. 2020 The greatest triumph of liberalism in American history, the New Deal, entailed a bargain with the segregationist South in which the Jim Crow system remained firmly in place. Nicholas Lemann, The New Yorker, "The Republican Identity Crisis After Trump," 23 Oct. 2020 With proper accounting, the globalization of manufacturers’ supply chains no longer seems such a bargain, regardless of whether populists and pandemics are raging. —Mr. Levinson is an economist and historian. Marc Levinson, WSJ, "The Megaships That Broke Global Trade," 22 Oct. 2020 To get money, public support was necessary, and to get public support, the zoo had to give the public a bargain. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: 95 years ago Belle Jennings Benchley joined the San Diego Zoo," 20 Oct. 2020 They are not spared the torture meted out to male prisoners, and they are probably raped more, in the bargain. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Trump and Dictators," 20 Oct. 2020 Even with the super affordable prices, shoppers get an even bigger bargain. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kendall and Kylie Jenner Dropped An Amazon Collection and Every Item Comes With a Free Face Mask," 19 Oct. 2020 Barnwell wrote that the Cardinals should be able to make the finances work, especially with Kyler Murray remaining a bargain based on his rookie deal. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, "Cardinals still haven't found enough snaps for Simmons; more fans to be allowed at home," 16 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Maloney, a Democrat, called for legislation to be passed by the U.S. Senate and signed by President Donald Trump that would allow Medicaid to bargain with drugmakers on pricing. Anna Edney, Bloomberg.com, "Surge in Drug Prices Tied to Revenue, Million-Dollar Bonuses," 30 Sep. 2020 This makes his devil’s bargain the rare Baker deal in which the master negotiator comes out the loser. New York Times, "The Incredible Influence of James A. Baker III," 25 Sep. 2020 The Backus Federation of Nurses, part of AFT Connecticut that represents more than 400 nurses at the Norwich hospital, has authorized a two-day strike to put pressure on Hartford Healthcare as the sides bargain for a three-year contract. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Backus Hospital nurses are threatening a brief strike over recycled face masks, pay and staffing," 24 Sep. 2020 The teachers union filed an unfair labor practice charge last month, saying the district didn’t bargain in good faith before sending school clerks and other employees back into buildings. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "CPS reports 258 cases of COVID-19 among staff and vendors, including eight deaths, in six months since schools shut down," 16 Sep. 2020 The faculty senate passed a motion calling on the university to withdraw the request for a court injunction to end the graduate student strike and to bargain with the unit. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "U-M president barely survives no-confidence vote from faculty," 16 Sep. 2020 The proposal would allow certain media outlets to bargain either individually or collectively with Facebook and Google — and to enter arbitration if the parties can't reach an agreement within three months, according to regulators. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Facebook says it will block users in Australia from sharing news if new rules go forward," 1 Sep. 2020 Rosé used this cachet to bargain for special privileges for her orchestra members: daily showers, extra food rations and a weekly change of uniforms. Diane Cole, Washington Post, "In music, imprisoned Jews found comfort, dignity and sometimes a lifeline," 28 Aug. 2020 The ideas vary — from a push to reallocate police funding, to a full-fledged campaign to repeal local laws that give officers the right to collectively bargain over wages, working conditions and disciplinary actions. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "Four years before SAPD officer was fired for using a knee restraint, he was involved in the death of San Antonio man in custody," 21 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of bargain

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for bargain

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from bargaigner

Verb

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

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The first known use of bargain was in the 14th century

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29 Oct 2020

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“Bargain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bargain. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for bargain

bargain

noun
How to pronounce bargain (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bargain

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

bargain

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bargain (Entry 2 of 2)

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

bargain

noun
bar·​gain | \ ˈbär-gən How to pronounce bargain (audio) \

Kids Definition of bargain

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an agreement settling what each person is to give and receive in a business deal He made a bargain to mow his neighbor's lawn for five dollars.
2 : something bought or offered for sale at a good price The new car was a real bargain.

bargain

verb
bargained; bargaining

Kids Definition of bargain (Entry 2 of 2)

: to talk over the terms of a purchase or agreement

bargain

noun, often attributive
bar·​gain

Legal Definition of bargain

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an agreement between parties that settles what each gives or receives (as a promise or performance) in a transaction between them — compare contract
2a : something acquired by or as if by bargaining
b : something whose value considerably exceeds its cost a bargain purchase

Legal Definition of bargain (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : to negotiate over the terms of an agreement (as a contract)
b : to engage in collective bargaining the employer must bargain with the union
2 : to agree to certain terms or conditions : come to terms plaintiff bargained with the store for a lower price

transitive verb

: to convey according to a bargain does hereby grant, bargain, sell, alien and confirm to the party of the second part, the following described property often used with sell in deeds to indicate that the conveyor is receiving consideration in exchange for the property

History and Etymology for bargain

Noun

Old French bargaigne negotiation, haggling, from bargaignier to haggle

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