bargain

noun, often attributive
bar·gain | \ˈbär-gən \

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 away bargained away wage increases for other benefits

bargain for

: expect more work than I bargained for

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Other Words from bargain

Verb

bargainer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for bargain

Synonyms: Noun

accord, agreement, compact, contract, convention, covenant, deal, disposition, pact, settlement, understanding

Synonyms: Verb

agree, contract, covenant

Antonyms: Verb

disagree

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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

Sure enough, McCartney came through, and Corden kept his end of the bargain when his son, Max McCartney Corden, was born in March 2011. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, "He's Got a Ticket to Ride! Watch the First Clip from Paul McCartney's Carpool Karaoke," 19 June 2018 Stepping back to let your partner be lazy sometimes is just as important as keeping up your end of the bargain. Sophia Benoit, GQ, "This Is the Hottest Thing You Can Do for Your Relationship," 13 June 2018 Eternal Life, by Dara Horn: An ornate adventure of a 2,000-year-old woman who’s made a bargain to save her son. Readers’ Books, San Francisco Chronicle, "Recommendations from Readers’ Books," 26 Apr. 2018 Bates expressed absolute confidence that Easley would have honored his side of the bargain. Aaron Gell, Longreads, "Did Brian Easley Have to Die?," 9 Apr. 2018 The Blackstone Rangers held up their end of the bargain, stopping a mob of people from rocking busses of students at Mount Carmel High School, Angone remembers. Chicago Tribune, "Rage, riots, ruin," 9 Apr. 2018 The deal signed by Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin makes him a comparative bargain. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "The Oregon Ducks have large holes to fill on offense heading into 2018: Issues & Answers," 20 Jan. 2018 To participate in today’s global economy, ordinary people must accept an asymmetrical bargain: their lives are transparent to states, banks and corporations, whereas the behavior and inner workings of the powerful actors are kept hidden. Natalie Smolenski, Scientific American, "The Evolution of Trust in a Digital Economy," 8 Jan. 2018 And in the off-season, the Mets opted for bargains on veteran free agents 30 or older, most of whom have been injured or struggling. James Wagner, New York Times, "Syndergaard Returns for Five Innings in Mets’ Win Over Nationals," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Wagner Act does not cover public employees, though, and some states, like West Virginia, do not give public employees the right to bargain collectively. Jess Bidgood And Campbell Robertson, New York Times, "West Virginia Walkouts a Lesson in the Power of a Crowd-Sourced Strike," 8 Mar. 2018 European leaders worry that Trump could bargain away their security in the name of better relations with the Kremlin. Michael Birnbaum, chicagotribune.com, "Ahead of summit, allies wonder: Will NATO survive Trump?," 9 July 2018 Small forward was a major need, but the new front office, led by senior adviser Ed Stefanski, expected to sit out the first wave of signings to bargain shop later in free agency. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Glenn Robinson III, Jose Calderon: Detroit Pistons 'can do big things'," 8 July 2018 As negotiations progressed, Ghafoor said Richardson hired a labor attorney, who argued that existing Florida law would be enough to protect the campaign workers, an argument the workers bargaining for a contract found laughable. Alex Daugherty, miamiherald, "He calls himself pro-labor. But he laid off campaign workers trying to unionize," 8 June 2018 Matt Flynn, the former chairman of the state party, promised to legalize marijuana, make the first two years of college free and eliminate Act 10, the 2011 law that all but ended union bargaining for public workers. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Democratic candidates for governor take the stage at their convention," 1 June 2018 The Bristol man recently bought a Crosley Super Convertible for $1,800, bargained down from the $2,700 asking price. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Crosley Super Convertible: Half-Pint Roadster From An Age Of Giants," 20 July 2017 Unions bargain for working conditions and salaries. Andrew J. Campa, latimes.com, "Local unions react to Janus ruling with uncertainty, hope," 11 July 2018 Those unions cannot bargain over anything but wages, and any raises are limited to inflation. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Supreme Court ruling affects cops and firefighters, but not other Wisconsin public workers," 27 June 2018

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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

Noun

Old French bargaigne negotiation, haggling, from bargaignier to haggle

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bargain

noun

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 \

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

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