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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 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

The real oil price demanded to support the sector’s place in the index has kicked into overdrive this decade. Washington Post, "Even Boone Pickens Is Falling Out of Love With Oil," 18 Sep. 2019 Another wild card is this week’s oil price shock following the weekend attack on key Saudi Arabian production facilities. NBC News, "New math: Federal Reserve will lower rates this week, but future cuts are no sure thing," 17 Sep. 2019 Cruise ships also burn lots of fuel, making them vulnerable to oil price swings., "US stocks slip as spike in crude oil rattles market - The Boston Globe," 17 Sep. 2019 In 1973, the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War prompted OPEC to proclaim an oil embargo, and oil prices quadrupled. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Awful Middle East Policies Are Coming Back to Haunt Him," 17 Sep. 2019 For months, one of the bigger uncertainties hanging over Saudi Aramco’s mammoth IPO was weak oil prices. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Saudi Aramco is Getting What It’s Long Wanted—Perhaps at the Expense of Its IPO," 16 Sep. 2019 Cruise ships also burn lots of fuel, making them vulnerable to oil price swings. Stan Choe And Alex Veiga,, "US stocks close lower as spike in crude oil rattles market," 16 Sep. 2019 The last time oil prices surged by more than $5 a barrel in one day was in June 2018, but Monday's surge was outpacing that previous spike. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Oil spikes nearly 15% on Saudi attack, heightened tensions with Iran," 16 Sep. 2019 Bourdain’s Bob Kramer knife is expected to go for the highest price, according to the Times. Ana Calderone,, "Anthony Bourdain's Possessions Worth Up to $400,000 Will Be Auctioned Off in October," 16 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The company priced its 9 million shares Wednesday night at $39 per share, above the expected range of $31 and $35. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "WeWork Tries to Address Investor Concerns With Big Governance Changes: Term Sheet," 13 Sep. 2019 Some customers had feared that Apple was pricing them out by abandoning the sub-$700 price. David Goldman, CNN, "How much will the iPhone 11 cost? Less than you think," 11 Sep. 2019 OEMs make education-specific Chromebooks that go directly to schools and are priced to be bought in bulk. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: How to buy a Chromebook, plus our best picks," 7 Sep. 2019 The first grouping drops Sept. 12 in J. Jill stores and and comprises fall-focused separates, dresses and accessories, with clothing ranging in sizes XS-4XL and 0-28; all pieces are priced between $39 and $209. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Christian Siriano’s Focus on Size Inclusivity Continues With J. Jill Collaboration," 6 Sep. 2019 Independent shops have long complained that the high purchase volumes required by Apple to become an authorized service provider priced them out of the repair market. NBC News, "Apple to supply parts to independent repair shops for first time," 29 Aug. 2019 The doll, which is priced at $30.00, is available for pre-order online now. Amber Sutton, oregonlive, "Barbie debuts Rosa Parks doll as part of series honoring iconic women," 27 Aug. 2019 Nelson says every home sells, even the dogs, if they are priced right. Lew Sichelman | Andrews Mcmeel Syndication,, "Market shift may mean price cuts," 2 Aug. 2019 The toll would be segmented, which means it would be priced at a lower cost for taking shorter trips along the project route. al, "Ivey calls toll road authority meeting to discuss Mobile’s I-10 project," 2 Aug. 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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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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