\ 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
\ ˈprīs How to pronounce Price (audio) \

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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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

This new site will be home to many of UHV’s most popular transfer and graduate programs in order to offer students the chance to earn degrees close to home at an affordable price. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "UHV Katy, UH prepares move to new location in the fall," 5 July 2019 Too Good To Go is another app operating in the UK that does a similar thing, helping businesses sell food which would otherwise be thrown away at a cut price. Natalie Gil,, "The Food Waste-Saving Apps That Could Revolutionise Your Dinner & Save You Money," 4 July 2019 Long sold the mall, no longer attractive as retail space, to the Cartwright School District at a discounted price in the late 1990s. Douglas C. Towne, azcentral, "Phoenix once had the region's largest mall. What happened to Maryvale Shopping City?," 4 July 2019 But boutiques’ greater speed and flexibility come at a price: interest rates that outstrip those at private banks by several percentage points. The Economist, "Borrowing against art is growing at a stunning rate," 4 July 2019 The fate of the art collection, valued at $898,554 at purchase price, is unclear. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "With governor’s arts council veto, Alaska would become only state without an arts agency," 3 July 2019 But 30 years of industry experience comes at a price. Glamour, "Every Pat McGrath Labs Product Is On Sale Right Now," 3 July 2019 The best value might not be found at the lowest price. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for July 3, 2019: Happy birthday Tom Cruise; Libra, business and pleasure don’t always mix," 3 July 2019 Even at such a knock-down price, Arsenal may struggle to find the funds to make the move possible., "Nabil Fekir's Arsenal Move Could Be Dependent on the Sale of Gunners Big Earner," 3 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But the reverse has happened in this episode, as markets have started to price in lower rates from the Fed. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "Consumers Are Spending. Businesses Aren’t. Who’s Right About the Future?," 1 July 2019 In its 19th-floor office on New York City’s Madison Avenue, a dozen buying specialists screen leads on their workstations, delivered by a proprietary program called Explorer, an offshoot of the software Dobson developed to price mortgages. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Meet the A.I. Landlord That’s Building a Single-Family-Home Empire," 21 June 2019 Vestiaire also offers up tips for sellers on how to price items correctly. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Online Consignment Sites To Score Vintage Designer Fashion," 13 June 2019 But paying for music still doesn’t come easy to price-sensitive citizens. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "These three segments have set online entertainment on fire in India," 11 June 2019 For Pépé, suitors aren't in short supply, but a number of clubs that have been linked with the 26-year-old forward this summer are likely going to be priced out of a move., "Liverpool & Inter Launch Offers for Nicolas Pepe as Tottenham's Interest in Summer Deal Grows," 6 June 2019 Pieces are also expected to be priced similarly to Kohl's collections by Vera Wang and Lauren Conrad, WWD reports. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s Elizabeth and James Line Is Coming to Kohl’s," 11 Apr. 2019 Expect the price of king mattresses to drop to that of a queen, and every queen to be priced like a twin. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Here's Where to Find the Best Presidents' Day Sales of 2019," 28 Jan. 2019 The goal is to price the H3 at $51 million per launch in its base configuration. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Quietly, Japan has established itself as a power in the aerospace industry," 15 Nov. 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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