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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 Shares bounced back to nearly $27 per share — but that's still 40% lower than Uber's IPO price of $45. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "US stocks get a lift from talk of tariff rollback," 7 Nov. 2019 Members of Disney’s free D23 fan club were also eligible to buy three years of Disney Plus service up front for the price of two years. Mae Anderson,, "Freebies are the key hook in new ‘streaming wars’," 7 Nov. 2019 Then Ashton told the chiropractor to submit a bid to Pietrzyk for a total price of $3.97 million, or $68.50 per watch, the documents allege. Washington Post, "Acting UAW head says he’ll clean up corruption found by feds," 6 Nov. 2019 This June, as the news bristled with headlines about Facebook’s cryptocurrency-to-be and the price of bitcoin once again soared, the mood in the San Francisco offices of Coinbase was subdued. Wired, "Coinbase Wants to Pay Interest on Crypto Coins, Sort Of," 6 Nov. 2019 Simons’s team had collected dozens of data sets with closing prices of commodities from various historical periods. Gregory Zuckerman, Quartz, "The history of blunders and missteps that led to the quant trading revolution," 6 Nov. 2019 Anker’s Liberty Air True Wireless earphones cost half the price of Apple’s AirPods and sound as good or better., "CNET: 4 alternatives to Apple’s AirPods Pro that cost less," 6 Nov. 2019 Apart from the tuna, all the seafood was imported from Japan and seemed unusually fine for the price, although the slices were often two or three sizes too large for the rice, and the individual pieces were on the bland side. New York Times, "Swimming Against a Tide of Expensive Sushi," 5 Nov. 2019 The price of the turkey does not count toward the minimum purchase requirement. Laura Daily And Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, "Free ice skating, a ski and snowboard swap and other free and cheap events this month in Denver," 5 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Houses were priced so low, buyers could turn big profits. Caroline Glenn,, "Flipping houses is again a big business in Orlando, but investors aren’t profiting like they once were," 8 Nov. 2019 The store also has bone-in and boneless turkey breasts, priced $4.99 and $5.99 respectively. oregonlive, "Where to order Thanksgiving turkeys in the Portland area, and how much to buy," 7 Nov. 2019 For an exclusive release, the Loni Love x Ashley Stewart Holiday Collection will feature ten special occasion styles that range in sizes from 10 to 3X. The wallet-friendly line is priced between $40 and $80. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Comedian And Television Host Loni Love Launches Her First-Ever Fashion Collection," 5 Nov. 2019 But to keep existing tenants from being priced out, city officials offered City Club a 12-year tax abatement for the building known as an Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act exemption, valued at $1.46 million. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit uses landlord subsidy to save renters from gentrification," 4 Nov. 2019 Such dishes can be found within hawker centers—basically down-to-earth food courts offering diverse and reasonably priced food—across the city-state. Anna Davies, Quartz, "Solo dining is bad for our mental health—and for the planet," 4 Nov. 2019 As a perk, many of the bars offer happy hour pricing all night long for the group’s rehearsals. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "The happy hour choir: Meet Denver Choir League, “a drinking group with a singing problem”," 1 Nov. 2019 The magazine asked contractors to price out a 400-square-foot flagstone patio with a cedar pergola and a sliding glass door — but also underground gas and electric service for a fire pit and full outdoor kitchen. Real Estate, "Home improvement projects that reportedly don’t pay off at resale," 30 Oct. 2019 Moreover, the agency analyzed 163 drugs for which shortages existed and found that most were relatively lower priced and financially unattractive for manufacturers. Ed Silverman, STAT, "FDA issues new recommendations to combat drug shortages, but can it really fix the problem?," 29 Oct. 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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11 Nov 2019

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“Price.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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