\ ˈprīs How to pronounce price (audio) \

Definition of price

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 How to pronounce lē-ˈän-ˌtēn (audio) ; ˈlē-​ən-​ˌtēn , ˈlā-​\ 1927–     American soprano

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Other Words from price


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

Brees said Moradi agreed to sell him the diamonds at wholesale cost and to take his commission from the seller, but instead Moradi had built a substantial profit into the prices. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Jurors award Drew Brees more than $6M in jewelry lawsuit," 21 June 2019 Officials did not know what the cost of removing the tracks would be, and the request for bids set no minimum price. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Removing the Nickel Plate railroad tracks is a heavy lift. Like hauling away the Brooklyn Bridge.," 21 June 2019 The summer months are difficult for families in need who rely on schools for free or reduced price breakfasts and lunches., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 20 June 2019 Despite the alarming swiftness of the infestation, grain prices have so far stayed flat. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "Ravenous armyworms are eating their way across China," 20 June 2019 This benefits consumers by keeping food prices low. Maureen O'hagan, Scientific American, "From Two Bulls, Nine Million Dairy Cows," 20 June 2019 Out of the state’s largest cities, the fastest growing rents in May were in Madison, where rental apartment prices increased by 9.4 percent over the year for an average of $932. William Thornton |,, "Where is rent going up fastest in Alabama?," 20 June 2019 In-state students studying at U of L's schools of law, dentistry and medicine will all pay 2.5% more for tuition, which equates to a $546 cost spike for law students, an $840 price hike for dental students and a $994 increase for medical students. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "It will cost more to attend the University of Louisville this fall," 20 June 2019 Points: The Capital One Quicksilver awards 1.5% cash back on all your purchases, no matter the vendor or price. Reviewed Staff, USA TODAY, "The best credit cards of 2019," 19 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In contrast, direct offerings are priced by the stock market itself. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Slack Is Going Public Without an IPO. Here's How a Direct Offering Works," 20 June 2019 While some homeowners are seeing their property values increase, renters and others are being priced out. Daisy Alioto, The New Republic, "How Graffiti Became Gentrified," 19 June 2019 More than 26,000 of those tickets are priced between $50 and $90 per seat/per game, with a one-time licensing fee of $100 for each seat. Jeff Miller,, "Chargers’ 2019 season tickets are sold out, but individual tickets are still available," 19 June 2019 Markets are now pricing in a rate cut of 0.10 percentage point by September for the eurozone, according to investors and strategists, effectively bringing forward expectations from some point over the next year. Paul J. Davies, WSJ, "Markets Weigh Up Draghi Versus Trump," 18 June 2019 There are also lower-priced tickets for younger participants and a VIP ticket that offers more samplings and cooking demonstrations. Christine Condon,, "Inaugural Maryland Foodie Fest to feature everything from crab cakes to cook-offs," 17 June 2019 Despite an underwhelming freshman campaign at North Carolina, however, DraftKings still has priced him to go off the board within the first 10 selections. Max Meyer,, "2019 NBA Draft: Seven Prop Bets With the Best Value," 17 June 2019 Financial advisors say the insurance is now more accurately priced, although people should still plan on premiums that could rise 50% to 100%. Nerdwallet,, "Will long-term care costs drain your bank account in retirement?," 15 June 2019 Pet delivery business Chewy priced its IPO late Thursday at $22 per share, raising $1 billion. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Stocks are pointing lower. Global growth worries return. Here's what's happening in markets today," 14 June 2019

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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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