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

After a plea bargain, Mr. Timbs was sentenced to a year of home detention followed by five years probation, and assessed $1,200 in fees. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Poised to Rule Against Excessive State Fines," 28 Nov. 2018 Their questions for the prospective prosecutors showed insider knowledge of the criminal justice system: Why is there so much pressure on inmates to take plea bargains rather than go to trial? New York Times, "Inmates Question Prospective Prosecutors in Jailhouse Campaign Debate," 26 June 2018 But the plea bargain could result in Williams being released on parole within four years, according to the Sacramento District Attorney’s office. Steve Magagnini, sacbee, "Sacramento teen pleads guilty to shooting Afghan war interpreter in face with flare gun | The Sacramento Bee," 3 May 2018 Israeli military juvenile courts have a conviction rate of around 95 percent, and roughly 70 percent of juvenile defendants accept plea bargains. Cristina Maza, Newsweek, "Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian Teenager Who Slapped an Israeli Soldier in Viral Video, to Be Jailed for Months After Accepting Plea Deal," 21 Mar. 2018 THE TAKEAWAY Michigan State: The Spartans had more than enough on defense but as has been the case all season, the offense simply couldn’t hold up its end of the bargain. Michael Wagaman, The Seattle Times, "Herbert sparks Oregon past Michigan State 7-6 in Redbox Bowl," 31 Dec. 2018 Iran has limited its capacity to enrich uranium, and by going back on the U.S. part of the bargain, Trump may be risking that. Brian Bennett, Time, "How Talks with North Korea Convinced Trump to Scrap the Iran Deal," 8 May 2018 Last October, in declining to certify that Iran had lived up to its end of the bargain, Trump kicked a decision on whether to re-impose U.S. sanctions to Congress — which did not act. NBC News, "Trump intends to withdraw from Iran nuclear deal, sources say," 8 May 2018 Historically, consumers have been willing to give up a certain amount of privacy for convenience, but that bargain has soured in recent years as our every move on the internet is tracked, analyzed, and sometimes resold for profit. Town & Country, "Is This the End of Cash?," 28 Jan. 2019

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The 1990 patronage case meant issues involving hiring, promotions and transfers became items that state law required to be collectively bargained, Bruno said. Rick Pearson, chicagotribune.com, "Supreme Court decision to be key part of Rauner's legacy, win or lose in November," 29 June 2018 Many are laying off secretaries and support staff to pay for teacher raises and pension benefits that have been collectively bargained. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "Why California Is Losing Teachers and Laying Off Secretaries," 29 June 2018 There are more and more of us women out there who won’t be pushed around and will give back a lot more than was bargained for. New York Times, "Viv Albertine, Midlife Radical," 1 June 2018 But each time management brought up GPS, the union insisted the issue needed to be bargained separately, as the two sides were slated to soon start negotiating a new contract. Kay Lazar, BostonGlobe.com, "State Police union files complaint about GPS vehicle tracking," 10 May 2018 When the last contract was bargained in 2013, some changes were made to address concerns. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Silence on state takeover fight gives JCPS more time to keep control," 9 May 2018 It was collectively bargained in the labor contract. David Whitley, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Shotgun Stan Van Gundy misfires again," 27 Feb. 2018 When Gizmodo Media’s new parent company, Univision, initially wanted to lay off 30 percent of the editorial staff, the union successfully bargained for voluntary exits instead. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "As digital media companies brace for change, unions try to cushion the blow," 26 Dec. 2018 Saying that was its final offer, AMR has not met with the union to bargain since. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "As EMT strike looms, Seattle ambulance company brings in out-of-state replacement workers," 20 Dec. 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

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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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