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Definition of price

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1 archaic : value, worth
2a : the quantity of one thing that is exchanged or demanded in barter or sale for another
b : the amount of money given or set as consideration for the sale of a specified thing
3 : the terms for the sake of which something is done or undertaken: such as
a : an amount sufficient to bribe one believed every man had his price
b : a reward for the apprehension or death of a person an outlaw with a price on his head
4 : the cost at which something is obtained the price of freedom is restraint— J. Irwin Miller


priced; pricing

Definition of price (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to set a price on
2 : to find out the price of
3 : to drive by raising prices excessively priced themselves out of the market


biographical name
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Definition of Price (Entry 3 of 3)

(Mary) Le*on*tyne \ lē-​ˈän-​ˌtēn ; ˈlē-​ən-​ˌtēn , ˈlā-​\ 1927–     American soprano

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pricer noun

Synonyms for price

Synonyms: Noun

ante, charge, cost, damage, fee, figure, freight, price tag

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price, charge, and cost mean the amount asked or given in payment for something. price usually refers to what is asked for goods. What is the price of the car? charge usually refers to the amount asked for services. There is a charge for the first visit. cost is usually used to state what is paid for something by the buyer rather than what is asked by the seller. The cost of our dinner seemed very high.

Examples of price in a Sentence


You paid a high price for the car. We bought the house at a good price. The price of milk rose. What is the difference in price between the two cars? I know he said he wouldn't do it, but I think it's just a matter of finding his price.


They priced the house too high. Workers quickly priced the new merchandise.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

So do the dark pools, which keep their own prices hidden. Stacey Cunningham, WSJ, "We’re Suing the SEC to Protect the Stock Market," 14 Feb. 2019 Hit up their famous 59th Street and Lexington Avenue location to shop a sparkling range of prom-worthy gowns at every price range. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "All the Best Places to Shop for Prom Dresses in New York City," 29 Jan. 2019 Amazon has discounts on a variety of options, like its best-selling 7.5-foot tree from National Tree Company that's currently 60% off its original price. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Now Is Actually the Best Time to Buy an Artificial Christmas Tree," 5 Jan. 2019 Since those are typically made from natural gas or petroleum derivatives, their price will depend on fossil fuel costs. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 From a market perspective, however, that brand reputation has allowed them to mark up their prices well above any other products that address similar functionality. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "11 senior citizens on the best products of the past century," 11 Dec. 2018 Black Friday: Up to 75% off sale items and up to 25% off full-price items from 11/20 - 11/25. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales to Shop This Year," 26 Nov. 2018 Stores such as BarkShop, Amazon, and Petco have all posted paw-some prices for the week, as has one of our go-to online pet retailers: Chewy. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Chewy Is Offering an Entire Week's Worth of Paw-Some Pet Deals for Cyber Monday," 21 Nov. 2018 Obviously there are high-tech versions that buck the trend, but Berlin apartments in my price range aren't exactly equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "This Is How to Cook Well With an Electric Stove," 28 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Net Worth - Kathleen PenderSan Franciscans need to earn $333,000 a year to buy a median-priced... Kathleen Pender,, "Enter soon for chance to score $375,000 in SF down-payment lottery," 5 July 2018 They are reasonably priced and all the proceeds go toward supporting the Down to Earth Garden Club and The Wood. Courant Community, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 5 June 2018 Some economists like to think that if each energy source and service were priced properly, based on its real-time, location-specific value, the market would allocate electricity with perfect efficiency. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018 Roku TVs are budget priced, and some of them are really great. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Roku TV Wireless Speakers review: easy listening," 29 Nov. 2018 Father’s Day at The Kemah Boardwalk & Pleasure Pier The Kemah Boardwalk will be offering a free All-Day Ride Pass to dads with the purchase of a regularly priced All-Day Ride Pass. Houston Chronicle, "Family Fun: Father’s Day activites abound," 13 June 2018 The ThermalXR, mid-priced (of the three phone-mountable devices made by Seek Thermal) at $299, allows a homeowner or contractor a world of possibilities in terms of diagnostics. Andrew Northshield, Popular Mechanics, "Firefighter Reviews New Thermal-Imaging Camera," 21 Nov. 2018 Just across the street, Restaurant 1er Mets delicately prepares reasonably priced French cuisine in a petite, 20-person dining room. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Exploring Annecy, the Venice of the French Alps," 7 Nov. 2018 The menu has Pixar punny cocktails and reasonably priced (for a Disney park full-service eatery) dishes. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of price


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for price


Middle English pris, from Anglo-French, from Latin pretium price, money; probably akin to Sanskrit prati- against, in return — more at pros-

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English Language Learners Definition of price

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the amount of money that you pay for something or that something costs
: the thing that is lost, damaged, or given up in order to get or do something
: the amount of money needed to persuade someone to do something



English Language Learners Definition of price (Entry 2 of 2)

: to say or decide how much something costs : to give a price to (something)
: to put a price on (something) : to attach a price tag to (something)
: to learn the price of (something that you are thinking about buying)


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Kids Definition of price

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the quantity of one thing given or asked for something else : the amount of money paid or to be paid
2 : the cost at which something is gotten or done Giving up privacy is the price of fame.
3 : a reward for the capture of a criminal


priced; pricing

Kids Definition of price (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to determine the amount something costs The house is priced too high.
2 : to find out how much something costs I've been pricing TVs.

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