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 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

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 Black Friday bargains are hard to beat, and Labor Day is a great time to buy cheap bathing suits and other summer stuff, but Presidents' Day is a contender for great deals. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Best Presidents' Day Sales Will Be On Amazon This Year," 9 Jan. 2019 Beyoncé, a legend who loves a bargain, was spotted shopping at Target again yesterday, according to photos shared by fans on social media. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Beyoncé Was Seen Shopping in Target and Chrissy Teigen Had the Perfect Response," 8 Jan. 2019 That -- a bargain for a veteran rotation defensive tackle -- will now be Spence's base salary with the Dolphins. Armando Salguero, miamiherald, "Defensive tackle was Miami Dolphins biggest post-draft need. Not anymore | Miami Herald," 3 May 2018 Her relentless bargain-hunting was good for finding clothing, too. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Living Yard Sale to Yard Sale With My Mother, a Well Dressed Antique Dealer," 30 Aug. 2018 Four analytics companies researched previous Prime Day sales and determined some of the best bargains were found by ordering through Alexa. USA TODAY, "The two words we've waited for from Thailand: 'Everyone safe'," 10 July 2018 But Girasole happens to have a lunch deal — $15 for two courses — that is one of the best bargains anywhere. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Atlantic City restaurants: New casinos, diverse independent spots create rising culinary energy," 6 July 2018 The annual day-and-a-half of bargains from Amazon technically starts at 3 p.m. July 16. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Amazon is already offering Prime Day deals before July 16," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Among the lawyers were ex-prosecutors who helped the executives take advantage of a new law that took effect in June and allowed criminal suspects to bargain for leniency in exchange for helping authorities. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "The Fall of the House of Ghosn," 16 Dec. 2018 Democrats may seek the import of cheaper drugs from Canada, and may also push for Medicare to fully bargain over drug prices, one of Mr. Trump’s campaign promises. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Election Shifts Health-Care Landscape Across the U.S.," 8 Nov. 2018 Act 10, the anti-union law that sparked the occupation, left teachers and other public employees able to bargain only for cost-of-living increases. Sarah Jaffe, The New Republic, "Why teachers are adopting a more militant politics," 18 Apr. 2018 The city maintains it is required by law to bargain changes in working conditions, and Durkan told the judge one of the benefits of the agreement is that SPOG will drop the labor complaint if the contract is ratified. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Federal judge questions whether Seattle police-union contract in keeping with ‘spirit’ of reforms," 5 Nov. 2018 Unions now can only bargain over wages, and even then there are caps pegged to inflation. Alexander Hertel-fernandez And Ethan Porter, Vox, "How teachers unions can survive," 17 July 2018 Having a pool of workers always available makes the gig economy operate efficiently, but limits workers’ bargaining power. The Economist, "Run, TaskRabbit, run: July 2030," 5 July 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 \

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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