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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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 Comfort doesn't suffer in the name of a bargain either. Medea Giordan, Wired, 4 July 2021 For now, Biden and the Senators are moving forward on trust that each will stick to their end of the bargain. Brian Bennett, Time, 24 June 2021 What if the defense is much improved, but the offense doesn’t hold up its end of the bargain? Steve Silverman, Forbes, 24 June 2021 If that’s not a deal-breaker for you, definitely take advantage of this bargain because that’s the lowest price ever for this model. Maren Estrada, BGR, 22 June 2021 There is little evidence the Taliban are fulfilling their part of the bargain. Kathy Gannon, chicagotribune.com, 20 June 2021 Iran had kept up its end of the bargain, by the State Department's own admission, but the US pulled out anyway. Cnn Staff, CNN, 20 June 2021 Online, women shared the details of their side of that bargain. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2021 Husted said teachers should hold up their end of the bargain, and that masks and vaccines were the key factors in being able to reopen safely. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, 10 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the past, the company has said that a union is unnecessary because its workers already receive the pay and benefits that a union would bargain for. Sebastian Herrera, WSJ, 24 June 2021 The Maryland side amended its charter to allow police to organize and collectively bargain in 2009. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 24 June 2021 The companies in 2015 enlisted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for a years-long court battle against a Seattle law spearheaded by the Teamsters union that would have allowed ride-hail drivers to bargain collectively. Tina Bellon, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 June 2021 This would allow athletes to collectively bargain for wages and other working conditions. Alex Putterman, courant.com, 27 May 2021 Next door in Wisconsin, former Governor Scott Walker’s Act 10 law, passed in 2011, generally says that public workers may bargain only over their wages. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 26 May 2021 Others theorized that this was a strategy to allow teachers to bargain for higher wages and benefits – a belief held throughout the pandemic by frustrated parents. Caitlin Mcfall, Fox News, 23 May 2021 The proposition would repeal the right of San Antonio police officers to bargain collectively with the city for their labor contract. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Apr. 2021 So Martin begins to bargain with gifts, promises, and ultimately violence. Rosie Knight, refinery29.com, 8 June 2021

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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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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

bargain

intransitive verb

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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