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

The case relied heavily on the testimony, derived from a plea bargain, of the jailed construction magnate. The Economist, "Brazil’s Lava Jato corruption investigation could self-destruct," 15 June 2019 That’s not true for all of the bargains, of course, but a 2018 price comparison study of the 2017 deals by BestBlackFriday.com found 76% of the deals on Prime Day were better than Black Friday. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Amazon Prime Day 2019: When Is It? What Are the Best Deals?," 12 June 2019 Judged on that scale, these seem like great bargains, albeit only for a few people in specialized fields. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Our first-look photos of Apple’s new Mac Pro and the Pro Display XDR," 4 June 2019 The 36-year-old actress teamed the trench, with billowing sleeves, layered lapels and a huge collar, with relaxed blue jeans (likely a bargain, knowing her taste in denim), a simple satin shirt, and pointed white boots. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Sophia Bush Are Both Loving This Bold and Bright Yellow Trench," 28 Jan. 2019 The collection of David and Peggy Rockefeller, a vast trove of paintings, furniture, porcelain and other treasures, was on the block over three days, with Wednesday offering some of the relative bargains. New York Times, "At Rockefeller Auction, They Came. They Bid. They Mostly Lost.," 9 May 2018 Some of this month's best bargains are reserved for younger travelers. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Now is the time for early-season deals on Alaska tours and lodges," 5 May 2018 Murphy arguably has the credibility with unions to strike a grand bargain. Andrew Seidman, Philly.com, "Analysis: Shutdown averted in N.J., but no lasting peace among Dems," 2 July 2018 Next up: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is set to travel to Beijing this weekend, with the aim of some sort of grand bargain on trade. Zachary Karabell, WIRED, "Why the US-China ‘Trade War’ Remains a War of Words," 30 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ultimately, though, the retailers are looking for bargaining power that could help them lower fees across the board. Annamaria Andriotis, WSJ, "Shoppers Love Rewards Credit Cards. Retailers Hate Them.," 25 Sep. 2018 The city is obligated to bargain with the union under state law, the attorneys said, while acknowledging that federal law would trump any provisions of the police-guild contract that conflict with the consent decree. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Defending police reforms, Seattle tells federal judge that reinstatement of officer who punched woman is an ‘outlier’," 19 Dec. 2018 These changes will not appear as amendments to the collective bargaining agreement because they were not collectively bargained. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "The NFL vs. The NFLPA: New National Anthem Policy Deepens Divide, Prolongs Controversy," 23 May 2018 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

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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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