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 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 for bargain

Synonyms: Noun

buy, deal, pennyworth, snip [British], steal

Synonyms: Verb

chaffer, deal, dicker, haggle, horse-trade, negotiate, palter

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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

But that dependence does not deter the island’s politicians from pursuing their own bargains. The Economist, "Greenlanders say Donald Trump should have asked them first," 24 Aug. 2019 To punish Idomeneo for his inevitable attempts to evade the bargain, Neptune sends a sea monster to devastate the population of Crete. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: How two top directors are teaching Europe the L.A. School of Opera," 23 Aug. 2019 The bargain is perhaps not worth the use of your personal information to, say, exclude you from a job or housing listing based on your race or gender. Molly Wood, WIRED, "The Ethics of Hiding Your Data From the Machines," 22 Aug. 2019 While the summer sale on mortgage money has knocked fence sitters into action and sent crowds to weekend open houses, there's a likelihood the bargain mortgage rates will stick around for a while. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Low home finance costs are keeping the D-FW home market hot as summer season winds down," 22 Aug. 2019 Many merchandise and food vendors offer Thrifty Thursday bargains. Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Today at the Fair: Thursday, Aug. 22: Thrifty Thursday," 22 Aug. 2019 Amazon has long resisted organizing efforts at its warehouses The larger question looming over Amazon is whether its workers in Minnesota or elsewhere could form a union and collectively bargain with the company. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Amazon workers in Minnesota walk off the job over parking issues," 9 Aug. 2019 Just as schedules are adjusted for the fall, watch for some nice bargains. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Fall airfare deals are starting to pop up. Here are the highlights.," 27 July 2019 The bargain store known for its wildly low prices is expanding their offerings to include home furnishings, kitchen essentials, and party supplies, according to CNN. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Dollar General Is Selling Home Decor So Just Take All Our Money Now," 23 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That would allow drivers who work for various companies to bargain together. Washington Post, "Rideshare, delivery apps pledge $90M California ballot fight," 31 Aug. 2019 The decision means that the OEC and the union, OEC Workers United, will now bargain their first labor contract. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland.com, "Gov. Mike DeWine creates new office to prevent school violence: Capitol Letter," 22 Aug. 2019 Although the teachers were represented by two different unions, the Mountain State didn’t allow teachers to bargain collectively or strike, and so educators mobilized via social media and decided to strike illegally, demanding a 5 percent raise. Sheila Mcclear, The New Republic, "The Future For Labor," 20 Aug. 2019 The women's and men's compensation structures are different, as those each were collectively bargained. Wayne Sterling, Jason Hanna And Aimee Lewis, CNN, "US Women's National Team's equal-pay lawsuit is set for a May trial," 20 Aug. 2019 The women’s players, at their own request and for their own financial security, have for years bargained for full-time salaries from the federation that are supplemented by smaller match bonuses than the ones earned by the men’s team. Andrew Das, New York Times, "Mediation Talks Between U.S. Women’s Team and U.S. Soccer Break Down," 14 Aug. 2019 The basic idea is this: Businesses and employees with some factor in common (this could be geographical area, union, industry, etc.) band together to create one single, collectively bargained pension fund for all participating employees. Andrew Wilford, National Review, "National Pension Fiasco Merits Real Reform, Not a Bailout," 6 Aug. 2019 Our purchases there were usually confined to bargain-bin paints. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: Four boys at a driving range, swinging as hard as they can. What could possibly go wrong?," 18 Aug. 2019 Such a meeting would be seen as an indication that China is ready to bargain seriously, Brilliant said. Taylor Telford, oregonlive.com, "Trump backpedals on China threats as trade deal shows signs of slipping away," 30 July 2019

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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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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 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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