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

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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 The Motley Fool Take The recent stock market meltdown has presented a lot of bargains for people with some cash to invest. Dallas News, "Motley Fool: Now’s a good time to focus on Big Pharma dividends," 17 May 2020 The pandemic has cast in stark terms the bargain between the individual and the state, and the sacrifices involved in it. New York Times, "A 2-Year-Old TV Series’s Accidental Pandemic Commentary," 14 May 2020 Coupled with relatively inexpensive fares the newfound bargains may be enough for some people to climb aboard what have been called floating petri dishes. Hailey Waller, Bloomberg.com, "Carnival Cruises Offering Free Drinks to Guests Who Don’t Cancel," 8 May 2020 Besides the phenomenal performance bargain that is the latest Chevrolet Corvette, any sports car that outruns the 911 costs substantially more. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "The Base 2020 Porsche 911 Is a Worthy Six-Figure Sports Car," 4 May 2020 The real cost of westward expansion The $15 million—the equivalent of about $342 million in modern dollars, and long viewed as one of the best bargains of all time—technically didn’t purchase the land itself. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "The Louisiana Purchase was a bargain. But it came at a great human cost.," 30 Apr. 2020 Facebook's 2012 acquisition of Instagram for about $1 billion is one of the most famous deals in Silicon Valley history – and perhaps one of the best bargains. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Here's what Washington regulators might have missed about Instagram," 14 Apr. 2020 Gantz signaled his deal with the prime minister by having himself elected Speaker of the Knesset with Likud support — presumably only until the final bargain is sealed. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Coalition Out of Crisis: Why Gantz Threw in with Netanyahu," 27 Mar. 2020 The atmosphere was mostly jubilant—except behind the contentious concrete wall the government put up almost overnight to conceal slums, upsetting slum-dwellers in the bargain. Pramod Mathew, Quartz India, "Trump hopes to ink a US-India trade deal despite “tough negotiator” Modi," 24 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Soon, strong unions bargained not only for increased wages but more elaborate health care plans. Robin Kaiser-schatzlein, The New Republic, "Why Deaths of Despair Are Rising," 10 Mar. 2020 The grievance process that awaits Williams Williams and the WNBPA have a collectively bargained right to grieve a suspension. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Breaking Down What to Expect After Riquna Williams's 10-Game Suspension by the WNBA," 18 July 2019 In that role, the team successfully bargained the 1982 Master Agreement between the UAW and GM. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Cal Rapson, a Flint hero and UAW legend, dies at 75," 15 Apr. 2020 The collectively bargained On Field Code of Conduct makes this clear. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Could Vontaze Burfict’s Suspension Be Reduced on Appeal? Analyzing the Arguments," 2 Oct. 2019 The vote, which began last week and ended Friday with a tally of 2,425 yes votes and 254 nos, gives the union bargaining committee authority to call a strike but set no date for a decision. BostonGlobe.com, "More than 2,000 unionized graduate student workers at Harvard University have voted to authorize a strike, after a year of negotiations with administrators failed to produce an agreement on a contract.," 26 Oct. 2019 All workers deserve the right to bargain and strike for better wages and benefits. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Graduate students fired by California university for withholding grades during strike for higher pay," 1 Mar. 2020 Governments should bargain for competitive interest rates and accept only favorable bids. Misheck Mutize, Quartz Africa, "African countries aren’t borrowing too much—they’re paying too much for debt," 22 Feb. 2020 The workers responsible for that profit deserve to collectively bargain as part of a union. Washington Post, "A majority of game developers want to unionize. Few are convinced it will happen.," 24 Jan. 2020

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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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20 May 2020

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“Bargain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bargain. Accessed 31 May. 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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