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 awaybargained 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 Buy these designer shirts at bargain prices online and pick them up in store for the best selection and safest shopping. Micolette Davis, Houston Chronicle, "These Polo by Ralph Lauren shirts are under $30 this weekend at Macys," 18 Sep. 2020 Belts, jewelry and high heels are also widely available at bargain prices, according to Kayla Marci, market analyst at Edited, a retail market intelligence company. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Dressing for success these days means "Athleisure"," 15 Sep. 2020 Century 21, which is not connected to the real estate brokerage of the same name, was founded in 1961 by two cousins, Sonny and Al Gindi, and quickly became known as a destination for designer goods at bargain prices. Sapna Maheshwari New York Times, Star Tribune, "Century 21, fabled New York bargain destination, is closing," 13 Sep. 2020 The Shoppe offers a wide variety of new and gently used merchandise ranging from toys and games, to kitchenware, decorations, small furniture, household items and tools at bargain prices. courant.com, "Community news for the Enfield edition," 10 Sep. 2020 Furthermore, a $20 stock may be grossly overvalued and likely to fall, while a $300 stock may be a great bargain, destined to hit $900 in a few years and $2,000 after that. Scott Burns, Dallas News, "Motley Fool: PepsiCo isn’t resting on its laurels," 9 Sep. 2020 What’s clear is that Marvel’s Avengers is striving for quality and not the bargain bin at Target. Jason Schreier, Bloomberg.com, "Avengers Game Gives Us a Glimpse of Life After Robert Downey Jr.," 4 Sep. 2020 Five venerable Japanese companies were sitting in the bargain bin in plain sight. Suryatapa Bhattacharya, WSJ, "Warren Buffett, at 90, Still Has an Eye for a Bargain," 31 Aug. 2020 Naturally, a new mattress calls for a new set of sheets, and the Becky Cameron four-piece microfiber set is a bargain at 14% off. CNN Underscored, "Find great decor and more at The Home Depot’s Labor Day Savings Event," 31 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The faculty senate passed a motion calling on the university to withdraw the request for a court injunction to end the graduate student strike and to bargain with the unit. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "U-M president barely survives no-confidence vote from faculty," 16 Sep. 2020 The proposal would allow certain media outlets to bargain either individually or collectively with Facebook and Google — and to enter arbitration if the parties can't reach an agreement within three months, according to regulators. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Facebook says it will block users in Australia from sharing news if new rules go forward," 1 Sep. 2020 Rosé used this cachet to bargain for special privileges for her orchestra members: daily showers, extra food rations and a weekly change of uniforms. Diane Cole, Washington Post, "In music, imprisoned Jews found comfort, dignity and sometimes a lifeline," 28 Aug. 2020 The ideas vary — from a push to reallocate police funding, to a full-fledged campaign to repeal local laws that give officers the right to collectively bargain over wages, working conditions and disciplinary actions. Emilie Eaton, ExpressNews.com, "Four years before SAPD officer was fired for using a knee restraint, he was involved in the death of San Antonio man in custody," 21 Aug. 2020 The University of Maryland union filed a complaint July 10 with the State Higher Education Labor Relations Board over the system’s alleged refusal to bargain about COVID-19 issues. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, "As move-in nears, Maryland college workers ask for improved COVID-19 procedures," 18 Aug. 2020 The idea of needing to collectively bargain with a nation-wide players union would mean the schools would need their own centralized body of decision makers that’s more effective than the NCAA. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "As college football players push to save the season, the solution is there, but may be too late," 10 Aug. 2020 Beginning Thursday and ending Sunday, thousands of people will mingle, chat and bargain across a 690-mile-long (1,110 kilometer) stretch of Middle America. Jay Reeves, Star Tribune, "Virus resistant: World's Longest Yard Sale still lines roads," 7 Aug. 2020 After what proponents characterize as a 12-year fight, Polis signed a bill Tuesday giving state employees the opportunity to collectively bargain for pay, benefits and working conditions through union representation. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "12 bills Colorado lawmakers passed in 2020 that you should know about," 18 June 2020

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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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23 Sep 2020

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“Bargain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bargain. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for bargain

bargain

noun
How to pronounce bargain (audio)

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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