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bargain

noun, often attributive bar·gain \ ˈbär-gən \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of bargain

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

Examples of bargain in a Sentence

  1. I think everyone involved was satisfied with the bargain we made.

  2. 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.

  3. She likes to hunt for bargains when she shops.

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Origin and Etymology of bargain

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from bargaigner


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bargain

verb

Definition of bargain

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

bargainer

noun
bargain for
: expect
  • more work than I bargained for

Examples of bargain in a Sentence

  1. The price listed is quite high, but the seller might be willing to bargain.

  2. they bargained with the car salesman for half an hour before settling on a price

Recent Examples of bargain from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of bargain

Middle English, from Anglo-French bargaigner, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old English borgian to borrow — more at bury

bargain Synonyms



BARGAIN Defined for English Language Learners

bargain

noun

Definition of bargain for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of bargain for English Language Learners

  • : to discuss an agreement or price in order to make it more appealing


BARGAIN Defined for Kids

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bargain

noun bar·gain \ ˈbär-gən \

Definition of bargain for Students

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.

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bargain

verb

Definition of bargain for Students

bargained; bargaining
: to talk over the terms of a purchase or agreement

Law Dictionary

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bargain

noun, often attributive bar·gain

legal Definition of bargain

1 : an agreement between parties that settles what each gives or receives (as a promise or performance) in a transaction between them — compare contract
2 a : something acquired by or as if by bargaining
b : something whose value considerably exceeds its cost
  • a bargain purchase

Origin and Etymology of bargain

Old French bargaigne negotiation, haggling, from bargaignier to haggle


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bargain

intransitive verb

legal Definition of bargain

1 a : 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


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