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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


biographical name
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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

Synonyms for price

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Shares were up slightly from their IPO price of $10 in early trading. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 13 Jan. 2022 That's up 186% (or almost triple) above its bottom price in August. Fortune, 12 Jan. 2022 EthereumMax saw its price continue to rise a month later. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 12 Jan. 2022 As 2021 drew to a close, nearly two out of three companies that went public that year were trading below their IPO price. Denny Jacob, WSJ, 12 Jan. 2022 Consider the Shark Rocket Corded Stick Vacuum, as its price has been slashed to just $150 at Amazon. Amy Schulman,, 11 Jan. 2022 At its all-time high, the EMAX token was valued at $0.000000863 — up 1,370 percent above its initial price of $0.00000005875. Samantha Hissong, Rolling Stone, 11 Jan. 2022 About half of that, $11, was attributed to the potential costs of having to cover Aduhelm at its original $56,000 price. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2022 As a result of that bet, ASML’s valuation has swollen to over $300 billion and its share price has more than doubled since the start of 2020. Morgan Meaker, Wired, 11 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While a large series might out-price many hobby players, the average Joe will still find a variety of playing options to match his preferences. Zack Jones, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Lindor was approaching his final year of arbitration and his salary demands were about to price him out of Cleveland’s range. Joe Noga, cleveland, 24 Dec. 2021 By 2010, London was a global financial center, and Fitzrovia was turning into a hub for art galleries and small-plate restaurants, part of a transformation that would price many locals out of the city. New York Times, 23 Dec. 2021 Cancel anything that’s not being used like premium channels or a landline, and price out competing options like a local ISP and streaming services. Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2021 This site can help price the cost by simply inputting the exact square footage of the room and zip code where the house is located. Jan Soults Walker, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Dec. 2021 Yet the decision by AstraZeneca to price the drug commercially while negotiating contracts with governments around the world during the pandemic will broadly constrain the effectiveness of the drug and create issues of equity. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 Cryptocurrency is no stranger to price drops in the thousands of dollars, especially on weekends. Fortune, 6 Dec. 2021 Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 50 cents to $84.83 per barrel in London. Joe Mcdonald, ajc, 19 Oct. 2021

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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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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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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.

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