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 awaybargained away wage increases for other benefits
bargain for
: expect more work than I bargained for

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Verb

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Three asset classes that have been left behind during this bull run stand out in particular right now in the eyes of bargain hunters: Energy stocks Oil prices topped $150 a barrel in June 2008. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "Why You Actually May Want to Buy ‘Bears’ in a Bull Market," 26 Dec. 2019 The day will be a busy one, with bargain hunters looking for after-Christmas deals and others returning those not-quite-right Christmas gifts. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "What time does Walmart open day after Christmas? Dec. 26 store hours," 25 Dec. 2019 Black Friday is no longer a one-day event that requires bargain hunters to get up at the crack of dawn and make a pilgrimage to the nearest mall. Bon Appétit, "Black Friday 2019: All the Best Kitchen Deals to Shop," 29 Nov. 2019 Black Friday shopping Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday are some of the biggest days of the year for bargain hunters. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "12 things to do over Thanksgiving weekend in metro Phoenix," 26 Nov. 2019 This is really for bargain hunters willing to sacrifice control whose plans aren't subject to change. Hannah Sampson, chicagotribune.com, "Airline fares are complicated. Here’s how to know which one you need.," 19 Nov. 2019 The world’s largest retailer’s Black Friday ad is out and bargain hunters will find hard-to-beat deals on electronics, toys and home goods. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "A 65-in 4K Smart HDTV for $278? See all Walmart’s biggest and best Black Friday deals," 15 Nov. 2019 Open for business Instead of fighting hordes of bargain hunters on Black Friday, go outside for a healthy post-Thanksgiving adventure. Laura Daily And Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, "Free ice skating, a ski and snowboard swap and other free and cheap events this month in Denver," 5 Nov. 2019 The city’s big presenters — which increasingly rely on philanthropy, not ticket prices, to meet their expenses — are aware of the dangers of making tickets too costly, and offer a variety of alternatives for bargain hunters. Michael Cooper, New York Times, "Priced Out of Classical Music? Try Concerts for $8.33," 18 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Union and management negotiators bargained until the early evening Tuesday before calling it quits, then reconvened early this morning. Los Angeles Times, "GM caves on worker healthcare, signaling costs here to stay," 18 Sep. 2019 Flight attendants and mechanics are also bargaining for a new contract. Dallas News, "Philadelphia-based pilots call for American Airlines to replace CEO Doug Parker," 22 Jan. 2020 Major labels have bargained for better licensing deals with the company, which is owned by Chinese firm ByteDance. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, "Mondo.NYC: How Digital Marketers at Arista, RCA & More Are Shifting Their Strategies to TikTok," 17 Oct. 2019 Real Jamaican working people bargaining, cussing and laughing. Dasun Imanuel, Essence, "The Cool Girls' Guide To Kingston, Jamaica," 10 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, in another part of the garden, eighteen-year-old Will Quate (who cut the rose for Berna) is bargaining for his freedom with Berna’s father, the lord of the manor. Clair Wills, The New York Review of Books, "Love in Plague Time," 7 Jan. 2020 The remaining are bargaining unit professionals whose performance standards were unable to be updated to include a visit expectation. NBC News, "Former therapist: VA is hurting mental health care for combat veterans at its Vet Centers," 3 Nov. 2019 The proposal would direct Medicare to bargain over as many as 250, but no fewer than 25, of the costliest drugs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pelosi offers Medicare negotiation plan to curb drug prices," 19 Sep. 2019 Kevin Hunt, a geographer and head of his union bargaining unit at the Economic Research Service, is a Missouri native but does not plan to move. Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post, "Democrats running out of options to stop Trump from moving two USDA offices," 1 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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The first known use of bargain was in the 14th century

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12 Feb 2020

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“Bargain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bargained. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for bargain

bargain

noun
How to pronounce bargain (audio)

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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