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 Mary Kay Cabot reports the confident Newsome might be an incredible bargain for the Browns with the 26th overall pick. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "2020 election drew 17 million more voters than 2016 – largest increase in history: The Wake Up for Friday, April 30, 2021," 30 Apr. 2021 From the mountains of northern Italy, this bargain pinot grigio is an ideal summer sipper, predinner quaff or partner to lighter brunches. Washington Post, "At just $12, this Spanish garnacha is the prototype of a fun, juicy red wine," 30 Apr. 2021 The bargain gives shoppers an amazing opportunity to score this high-end model at a mid-range price point. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Amazon has the $500 Acer Chromebook Spin 11 for $265 today," 29 Apr. 2021 The basic bargain undergirding the functioning of the Senate will have been abrogated. Jay Cost, Washington Examiner, "Democrats' threat to blow up Congress," 29 Apr. 2021 While the outcome was never really in doubt, the Parliament expressed considerable concerns about the trustworthiness of the current British government to carry out its side of the Brexit bargain, including the trade deal that was just approved. BostonGlobe.com, "Brexit trade deal gets a final OK from EU parliament," 28 Apr. 2021 While the outcome was never really in doubt, the Parliament expressed considerable concerns about the trustworthiness of the current British government to carry out its side of the Brexit bargain, including the trade deal that was just approved. New York Times, "Brexit Trade Deal Gets a Final OK From E.U. Parliament," 28 Apr. 2021 More than 1,200 reviewers give this bargain of a comforter an average of 4.5 stars. Rachel Klein, Forbes, "The 9 Best Duvet Inserts And Down Comforters For The Coziest Bed Ever," 26 Apr. 2021 But doctors caution that bargain shopping for cosmetic surgeries can be risky. Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A trip to Tijuana to save money on cosmetic surgery ends in trauma, tragedy for 3 women," 24 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In Texas officers who engaged in wrongdoing used their police licenses to bargain themselves out of prison time. Star Tribune, "Wandering cops shuffle departments, abusing citizens," 28 Apr. 2021 Avery Michaels, who shares bargain decorating ideas on her blog and Instagram, Holland Avenue Home, knew her enclosed porch had potential. Leslie Poyzer, Better Homes & Gardens, "Fresh Paint and a DIY Bed Swing Revamp a Sunroom Entryway for $500," 22 Apr. 2021 Opponents — led by the union — argue that the disciplinary rules could be altered without eliminating the union’s right to collectively bargain. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: Would Prop B hold police accountable or defund them?," 19 Apr. 2021 Opponents — led by the union — argue that the disciplinary rules could be altered without eliminating the union’s right to collectively bargain. Emilie Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, "Would Prop B hold San Antonio police accountable or defund them? Both arguments are a stretch," 18 Apr. 2021 Union organizers must first collect signatures from 30% of the library system’s roughly 600 employees who are eligible to collectively bargain by September. Taylor Deville, baltimoresun.com, "General Assembly approves legislation allowing Baltimore County librarians to unionize," 14 Apr. 2021 Unlike a majority union, a minority union wouldn’t require Amazon to bargain for a contract. Fortune, "Amazon workers can still fight for better conditions, even if union efforts fail. Here’s how.," 13 Apr. 2021 Occupations in which most African-Americans worked were deliberately denied the benefits of Social Security and of the Wagner Act, which guaranteed workers the right to join labor unions and to bargain collectively. Robert Kuttner, The New York Review of Books, "Dividends of a Just Economy," 13 Apr. 2021 States led by Democrats—such as Oregon—have allowed independent home health workers paid by government programs like Medicaid to collectively bargain as public employees. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Biden Infrastructure Plan Would Fund Shift Toward Home Healthcare for Seniors," 12 Apr. 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

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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