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Definition of price

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the amount of money given or set as consideration for the sale of a specified thing
b : the quantity of one thing that is exchanged or demanded in barter or sale for another
2 : the cost at which something is obtained … the price of freedom is restraint …— J. Irwin Miller
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 archaic : value, worth


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


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Definition of Price (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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pricer noun

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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

Noun 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. Verb They priced the house too high. Workers quickly priced the new merchandise.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun San Juan Mountains Travel Guide Purgatory Resort, Durango Purgatory is a family-favorite thanks to its affordable prices and 1,605 acres of terrain ranging from cruise-y groomers to steep tree runs. Jen Murphy, Sunset Magazine, "Earn Your Burn on a Secret Backcountry Skiing Adventure in Colorado," 13 Jan. 2020 That soon changed as the less affluent began to chafe at their high prices and unsavory practices. Peter Schwartzstein, New York Times, "The Merchants of Thirst," 11 Jan. 2020 In recent months, a newer employee tasked with overseeing the store's record collection came across the autographed album and put it in a glass case with a sign listing its price as $499.50, Salmons said. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "'Star Wars' actor Mark Hamill lauds Bookmans Flagstaff after employees return missing record," 11 Jan. 2020 Much of Congress’s focus on prescription drugs during the past year has been on their prices, but reports of unsafe medicines could give the bill more momentum this session. Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Healthcare: Democrats want FDA to have more drug recall power," 10 Jan. 2020 When the sun goes down, the city is lit by the neon and dangling fluorescent bulbs outside bakeries, butchers and open air markets, where fruit vendors announce their prices over megaphones until the morning call to prayer. Brett Murphy, USA Today, "Reporting on a deadly airstrike in Afghanistan," 9 Jan. 2020 The Reds remain active in their search for an offensive upgrade at shortstop, but the Cleveland Indians seem content to hold onto Francisco Lindor unless a team meets their high asking price. Bobby Nightengale,, "Cincinnati Reds expect to make more moves before the start of spring training," 17 Jan. 2020 The Yukon Denali also has nicer wood and leather materials inside to justify its higher price. Mihir Maddireddy, Car and Driver, "How the 2021 Chevy Tahoe and GMC Yukon Are the Same—and Different," 17 Jan. 2020 Hyped premium podcast service Luminary cut its monthly price from $8 to $5. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "The certainty of Magic Leap’s augmented-reality future," 17 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Higher trims of the plug-in-hybrid Q5 include the Premium Plus, which costs $57,595, and the Prestige, which is priced at $61,345. Sebastian Blanco, Car and Driver, "2020 Audi A8 and Q5 Now Have Plug-In-Hybrid Models," 17 Jan. 2020 There’s great value in backing the underdog Wizards in what should be priced much closer to a coin-flip game. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls odds, picks and best bets," 15 Jan. 2020 The market has already priced in weak earnings and will instead be focused on guidance given by company executives for the new year, said Dan Kern, chief investment officer at TFC Financial in Boston., "What’s next for the stock market? Here’s what you need to know," 12 Jan. 2020 From there, Wisener influenced generations of North Dallas kids who gravitated to his unruly storefront, where the records weren’t priced or, sometimes, even sleeved. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "Bill Wisener, who every day for 40 years ran iconic Dallas store Bill’s Records, died Saturday," 11 Jan. 2020 On Thursday, viewers were introduced to residents who were living on boats because they had been priced out of the city. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why Tucker Carlson Is Obsessed With Trash," 10 Jan. 2020 H&M’s Conscious sport collection — which is priced between $7 and $50 — is officially ready to shop online and in select H&M stores. Eliza Huber,, "H&M’s Latest Conscious Sport Collection Is Perfect For Dancers," 9 Jan. 2020 As investors start to price in aggressive fiscal stimulus, stock prices will revive and bond yields will start to rise. The Economist, "The World in 2020 Don’t bet on a recession in 2020," 27 Dec. 2019 Pay one inclusive price before 8 p.m.; after that, admission is free but games, food and drink are priced a la carte. Clifford Summerhill, azcentral, "Family-friendly New Year's Eve in Phoenix: You don't even have to wait until midnight," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of price


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4


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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21 Jan 2020

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“Price.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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How to pronounce Price (audio)

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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