bargain

noun, often attributive
bar·​gain | \ ˈbär-gən \

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 offer starts at $2,099 with a one-night stay at the hotel—still hefty, but a much better bargain than the usual aforementioned member fee, which doesn't include a hotel stay. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Access LAX's Private Terminal for Celebrities," 15 Nov. 2018 In some circles, that could be considered a bargain, since the home had been listed for $51 million. Fox News, "New York City's richest couple buy $40 million mansion in cash," 30 Aug. 2018 Some big-time shopper could be on the verge of landing a bargain: digital coupon dealer Groupon, which is reportedly seeking a buyer. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Groupon reportedly shopping around for a buyer," 9 July 2018 Next to opera, every other performing art looks like a bargain, which is why many American opera companies have earned the unenviable reputation of being notoriously risk-averse. Paul Hodgins, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Opera NEO blazes new trails on a shoestring, focusing on education and unpredictability," 1 July 2018 At the end of the war, the site sat empty until 1947, when the city leased the building to the Veterans of Foreign Wars for use as a hall at the bargain rate of $50 a month. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, "Beach Chalet: From 1925 draw to dangerous dive bar to SF classic," 27 June 2018 That doesn’t mean this is an easy bargain to accept. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Why not just buy out Dwight Howard? Why Charlotte Hornets taking trade route instead," 22 June 2018 Big bargains: The Friends of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library will hold its annual Spring Mega Sale May 4-6 at the Lee Road Library branch, 2345 Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "You can now apply for a passport at the Shaker Library; dinner and discussion with a physicist; more: Press Run," 27 Apr. 2018 This was a $10 million feasibility study contracted by the Army and Air Force to Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation (a bargain by current DOD standards, even in current dollars). Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Best bad idea ever? Why Putin’s nuclear-powered missile is possible… and awful," 22 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Saying that was its final offer, AMR has not met with the union to bargain since. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "As EMT strike looms, Seattle ambulance company brings in out-of-state replacement workers," 20 Dec. 2018 Among the lawyers were ex-prosecutors who helped the executives take advantage of a new law that took effect in June and allowed criminal suspects to bargain for leniency in exchange for helping authorities. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "The Fall of the House of Ghosn," 16 Dec. 2018 Democrats may seek the import of cheaper drugs from Canada, and may also push for Medicare to fully bargain over drug prices, one of Mr. Trump’s campaign promises. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Election Shifts Health-Care Landscape Across the U.S.," 8 Nov. 2018 Act 10, the anti-union law that sparked the occupation, left teachers and other public employees able to bargain only for cost-of-living increases. Sarah Jaffe, The New Republic, "Why teachers are adopting a more militant politics," 18 Apr. 2018 The city maintains it is required by law to bargain changes in working conditions, and Durkan told the judge one of the benefits of the agreement is that SPOG will drop the labor complaint if the contract is ratified. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Federal judge questions whether Seattle police-union contract in keeping with ‘spirit’ of reforms," 5 Nov. 2018 Unions now can only bargain over wages, and even then there are caps pegged to inflation. Alexander Hertel-fernandez And Ethan Porter, Vox, "How teachers unions can survive," 17 July 2018 Having a pool of workers always available makes the gig economy operate efficiently, but limits workers’ bargaining power. The Economist, "Run, TaskRabbit, run: July 2030," 5 July 2018 Patrick Semmens, a spokesman for the National Right to Work Legal Defense and Education Foundation, whose lawyer argued the Janus case, said the decision would not prevent union leaders from bargaining on behalf of its members. New York Times, "What the Supreme Court’s Janus Decision Means for Teacher Unions," 27 June 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 \

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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