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

Willie Cauley-Stein, 25, center 2018-19 stats: 11.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game with Kings What to expect: D’Angelo Russell was the Warriors’ most notable offseason acquisition, but Cauley-Stein was their biggest bargain. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Get to know Warriors’ eight newcomers, three of whom could start immediately," 12 July 2019 Training this program on cloud servers would cost just $150, making it a bargain compared to the hundred-thousand-dollar price tag for other state-of-the-art systems. James Vincent, The Verge, "Facebook and CMU’s ‘superhuman’ poker AI beats human pros," 11 July 2019 Aides have variously called for regime change, a grand bargain that reshapes Iran’s foreign policy or a slightly tougher arms-control agreement. The Economist, "A British warship stops Iran seizing an oil tanker," 11 July 2019 New to You Thrift Shop at the East Hartford Senior Center: Pick up some bargains while supporting the Senior Center at the same time. courant.com, "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 10 July 2019 Cousins, a four-time all-star who dealt with Achilles’ and quad injuries during his one-year stint with the Golden State Warriors, arrived on a bargain one-year, $3.5 million deal. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "After Kawhi Leonard miss, Lakers ink DeMarcus Cousins and scramble to fill out rotation," 7 July 2019 Shop the bargain racks or have custom clogs made in-house. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Day trip to Chisago City, Lindstrom and Center City for shopping, dining with Scandinavian flair," 7 July 2019 This week’s greatest value is a delightful mencia from Spain, a bargain at $13. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "This $13 Spanish red will provide a delightful match for all your grilled food," 5 July 2019 With so many bargains this summer, you may be tempted to shop on a whim. CBS News, "Men spend more on impulse purchases than women, poll finds — here's how to break the habit," 5 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The matter is complicated by the fact that the working conditions of the men and women are collectively bargained separately. Peter Schmuck, baltimoresun.com, "Schmuck: U.S. Women's World Cup journey has even captured the imagination of this non-soccer fan," 7 July 2019 Ride-sharing companies had already convinced the Trump administration’s National Labor Relations Board that the drivers are entrepreneurs and thus exempt from federal labor’s promise of a right to organize and bargain collectively. William B Gould, The Mercury News, "Opinion: Gig economy workers must be ‘in the room where it happens’," 2 July 2019 Knowing what hospitals are charging their competitors may spur some insurers to bargain for better deals. The Economist, "Will transparent pricing make America’s health care cheaper?," 28 June 2019 Her body has not been found, and Christensen appears intent on using its location as a chit to bargain for a lesser sentence. Eric Zorn, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Don’t reward Yingying Zhang’s killer for hiding her body," 28 June 2019 That may have something to do with the fact that these young Pacers absolutely smoked the Cavs, 121-87, to send a wild first-round series to its ultimate decision point: a climactic Game 7 that James and his teammates hadn't bargained for. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Victor Oladipo and the Pacers Have Cleveland on the Brink of Disaster," 28 Apr. 2018 Businesses have been able to capture a larger share of economic growth through profit because workers have diminished leverage to bargain for higher wages. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Economist Kevin Hassett: Tax Cuts Are Trickling Down to You," 18 Apr. 2018 This vulnerability to being exploited and marginalized makes organizing labor crucial, so workers can bargain for a greater share of the benefits of economic cooperation. Tommie Shelby, BostonGlobe.com, "Want to honor Martin Luther King’s memory? Help abolish ghettos.," 30 Mar. 2018 The committee also has the right to bargain with the hotels over the use of the technology. Melissa Hellmann, The Seattle Times, "As Seattle’s new hotels roll out automation to serve guests, workers worry," 18 May 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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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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