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


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

Other Words from bargain


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Getting a professional irrigation system installed can cost anywhere up to $3,000 (or more), but this affordable system is a bargain in comparison. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Sep. 2022 Defenders of the monarchy argue that is a bargain compared with the family’s contribution to the economy, mainly through tourism, which has been put as high as $2.7 billion a year prior to the pandemic. Larry Edelman,, 19 Sep. 2022 In Orange County, California, where the typical house sells for $1 million, Rep. Katie Porter's four-bedroom, three-bath residence in a leafy subdivision on the University of California Irvine campus is a bargain. Brian Slodysko, ajc, 9 Sep. 2022 Given those unique advantages, its shares aren’t exactly a bargain compared with other oil producers. Jinjoo Lee, WSJ, 25 Aug. 2022 Considering who owned it, and also how few Chirons there are, that just might be a bargain. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 25 Aug. 2022 At under $3, this natural pumice stone from Equate is a true bargain, and a hard-working one, too. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, 9 Aug. 2022 After all, the outfit is a stylish bargain at just $40. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 8 Aug. 2022 After all, the piece is a stylish bargain at just $40. Stephanie Petit,, 27 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Chicago Public Schools did not bargain in good faith with the Chicago Teachers Union before dropping its universal mask requirement in March, an administrative law judge decided last week. Tracy Swartz, Chicago Tribune, 29 Aug. 2022 Even as austerity fetishists like Joe Manchin squealed about pay-fors, the bill’s provisions to cut prescription drug prices promised to bargain down federal spending and offset these more generous public insurance benefits. Natalie Shure, The New Republic, 5 Oct. 2021 Layered on top of that is Chapter 174, which gives police the right to collectively bargain and adopt local rules that supersede those established by Chapter 143. Emilie Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, 2 May 2021 If passed, the legislation will authorize around 600 county library employees to collectively bargain and join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, a union representing nearly 647,000 employees across 200 industries. Taylor Deville,, 23 Mar. 2021 The National Labor Relations Act already governs private workers and limits who can bargain about what. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 29 Aug. 2022 Most new cancer drugs extend life for only a short time, said Rajkumar, who helped organize a 2015 letter signed by 118 oncologists that called for giving Medicare the power to bargain. Arthur Allen, CNN, 12 Aug. 2022 The testers at Blizzard Albany seek to unionize to bargain for improved work conditions and higher wages. Shannon Liao, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2022 Chisholm takes heart in the fact that it’s not possible for the Democrats to bargain away Appalachia communities’ continued resistance to the Mountain Valley Pipeline. Alleen Brown, The New Republic, 4 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bargain


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

History and Etymology for bargain


Middle English, from Anglo-French, from bargaigner


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 and sale

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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.


bargained; bargaining

Kids Definition of bargain (Entry 2 of 2)

: to talk over the terms of a purchase or agreement


noun, often attributive

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


intransitive verb

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


Old French bargaigne negotiation, haggling, from bargaignier to haggle

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