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

These wooded acreage homesites are being offered for sale at bargain prices, making your dream of owning a beautiful piece of property in the peace and serenity of the country more affordable than ever. Houston Chronicle, "Newest land-buying opportunity at Majestic Hills," 3 Aug. 2019 Starting at $669, the OnePlus 7 Pro really is a flagship phone at a bargain price. Dallas News, "OnePlus 7 Pro is a flagship phone priced way below the competition," 11 July 2019 Next door, The Little Bit Shop is all about thrifting at bargain prices. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Day trip to Chisago City, Lindstrom and Center City for shopping, dining with Scandinavian flair," 7 July 2019 Yet there have been no known takeover offers, though Deutsche Bank could be had for a bargain price — a measure of how troubled the bank is considered within the industry. Jack Ewing, BostonGlobe.com, "Long-ailing Deutsche Bank will lose 18,000 jobs in overhaul," 7 July 2019 Families can enjoy two hours of high-tech video games and carnival-type games (where players earn tickets toward prizes) at a bargain price. Laura Daily And Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, "16 free and cheap things to do around Denver in July," 1 July 2019 Longtime tenants accustomed to bargain prices downtown have been stunned by how quickly costs have risen. Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's downtown building boom slowing as costs, rents soar," 27 June 2019 There's no good, normal way to say this, but: Russell Crowe once purchased a dinosaur head from Leonardo DiCaprio for the bargain price of $35,000. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Russell Crowe Once Drunkenly Purchased a Dinosaur Head from Leonardo DiCaprio," 20 June 2019 His idea was to find securities that were available only in forms that didn’t appeal to institutional investors, buy control at a bargain price and convert the business into prime investment material. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Lewis Cullman Struck It Rich With Calendars and Pursued Philanthropy With Zeal," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Such a meeting would be seen as an indication that China is ready to bargain seriously, Brilliant said. Taylor Telford, oregonlive.com, "Trump backpedals on China threats as trade deal shows signs of slipping away," 30 July 2019 Generic drugmakers like Mylan and Teva have struggled in part because pharmacies and wholesalers have been teaming up, increasing their power to bargain for lower prices. Michael J. De La Merced, BostonGlobe.com, "Pfizer is to merge off-patent drug unit with Mylan," 29 July 2019 His plan would allow unionized workers from different companies, but in the same line of work, the option to bargain all together. NBC News, "Booker: Biden attacks are 'ridiculous'," 26 July 2019 The union, which represents about 15,000 pilots at American, is bargaining for a new contract with the company. Dallas News, "American Airlines was just as much to blame for delays as mechanics and weather, pilots union says," 22 July 2019 The agreement established wage classifications for national and state staffers, ranging from $15 an hour for interns and canvassers to $100,000 annual salaries for bargaining unit deputies. al.com, "Bernie Sanders campaign workers unionize, demand his promised $15-an-hour," 19 July 2019 Teachers at three charter schools operated by the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools network submitted paperwork to form a union and begin bargaining collectively. Joy Resmovits, latimes.com, "Campus strikes, housing at People's Park, prom time for Parkland: What's new in education," 7 May 2018 The company said there will be three bargaining units, one for Chicago Tribune and RedEye employees, one for its suburban and Hoy publications and one for its design and production studio. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "Tronc recognizes Chicago Tribune newsroom union," 6 May 2018 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

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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 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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