1

price

noun \ ˈprīs \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of price

1 archaic :value, worth
2 a :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

Examples of price in a Sentence

  1. You paid a high price for the car.

  2. We bought the house at a good price.

  3. The price of milk rose.

  4. What is the difference in price between the two cars?

  5. I know he said he wouldn't do it, but I think it's just a matter of finding his price.

Recent Examples of price from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'price.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of price

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


2

price

verb

Definition of price

priced; pricing
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

pricer

noun

Examples of price in a Sentence

  1. They priced the house too high.

  2. Workers quickly priced the new merchandise.

Recent Examples of price from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'price.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of price

15th century


Price

biographical name \ ˈprīs \

Definition of Price

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

PRICE Defined for English Language Learners

price

noun

Definition of price for English Language Learners

  • : 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


price

verb

Definition of price for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


PRICE Defined for Kids

1

price

noun \ ˈprīs \

Definition of price for Students

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

Synonym Discussion of price

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.

2

price

verb

Definition of price for Students

priced; pricing
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.


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up price? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

spoken rather than written

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one-green-toy-robot-amidst-many-red-toy-robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!